Union gives 15,000 diapers for children at shelters

DiapersFinalSEATTLE  – IAM 751 Machinists have donated 15,105 diapers and 2,900 baby wipes to two King County shelters that host women escaping from domestic violence.

“We’re making a difference, one tushy at a time,” quipped Rob Curran, the chairman of the Machinists Volunteer Program at Machinists Union District Lodge 751. The MVP committee coordinated the union’s diaper drive.

The diapers and wipes will benefit women staying at Mary’s Place in Seattle and the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network in Tukwila.

Diapers can be really expensive for women who are living in shelters during a time of crisis, said Cheryl Hurst, a community activist who helps support the shelters.

They’re not paid for by any social welfare programs, yet they’re essential, she said. “You kind of have to have diapers.”

The diapers donated by the union members will go a long way to meet that need, Hurst said.

“All of us who are parents understand how critical clean diapers are to babies and their mothers,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden. “Our union is committed to making our communities better places to live, and I’m proud of the way so many have stepped up to help some of our littlest neighbors in need.”

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 33,000 working men and women at 51 employers across Washington and California.

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