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College gives back with diaper drive

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A newborn can go through upwards of 10 diapers every day.

But when a family in need visits some local agencies, they are given three diapers — not three boxes.

When Kim Brown, health science program chair at Harrison College, learned that information at a recent Corporate Volunteer Committee, she felt compelled to help.

As part of its inaugural Resource Fair, which took place May 19, the college sponsored a diaper drop with a goal of collecting 5,000 diapers in a six-week period.

Faculty, staff, students and the community collected 5,525 diapers — half of which were sent to Sans Souci and the other half going to Love Chapel.

“It was a great opportunity to bring our group together because we really worked as a team to collect the diapers,” Aimee Aufdermauer, director of student services for Harrison College. “Students contributed, but also in the back of their minds they knew we were technically doing it for them.”

Aufdermauer, who played an integral role in organizing the Resource Fair, said she felt many agencies are underutilized. She wanted to connect Harrison College students — many who are nontraditional students who balance family and work with school — with local agencies.

Harrison College invited the United Way to attend, which then brought representatives from many of its certified agencies to the event.

She said the fair will definitely return in the future because it was such a success — only next time, she hopes for more agencies to attend and more community involvement.

“It’s important for our students, staff and faculty to know that these people are out here to help if they need it, or how to give back if they want to,” Aufdermauer said.

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