The Kimberly-Clark Corp. donated 1.75 million camouflage diapers to the San Diego Armed Services YMCA Tuesday as part of a national campaign to assist military families.
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The Huggies Little Movers Camo Diapers were brought to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank in seven trucks. A handful of moms picked up their boxes at the San Diego Food Bank. Each family took home $150 worth of camouflage diapers.
"It's very helpful, you don't need to go to the store to get some, which is huge, especially me with two kids," Kristen Mast told 10News. "Plus, it's really helpful with the costs, too."
"This was a complete windfall for us, we were so happy when we received the phone call. I couldn't believe it. I've never had any kind of donation of this capacity. It makes a big difference in a single income military family, said military wife Diane Anderson.
Anderson said she'll change roughly 20,000 diapers by the time her triplets are potty trained. At roughly $20 a box, it's one of their biggest monthly bills.
"The bottom line is, you can't go without diapers," said Anderson.
YMCA branches at Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms, Calif.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., will also receive camo diapers.
"Our nonprofit serves many of the largest military bases in the country, like the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Air Force," said Mike Landers, CEO of the Armed Services YMCA. "We are excited to be partnering with Huggies and are extremely grateful for the millions of diapers they are donating to help young enlisted troops and their families."
Aric Melzel of Kimberly-Clark said the donation was an appropriate gesture of appreciation for the sacrifices of military families before Memorial Day.
Four million diapers are being sent to Armed Services YMCA branches. Another 1 million will be split between the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, nonprofit group For Families of Active Military, Fort Bragg Air Force Base and Coast Guard Foundation.
Since 2010, more than 60 million diapers have been donated to families across North America as part of the "Camo for a Cause" program.
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