Salvation Army implements diaper giveaway program during coronavirus pandemic

BIG RAPIDS — Though their store and administrative offices are currently closed, The Salvation Army is still accepting monetary donations, as well as asking residents to donate diapers for infants in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

"If you are a parent of a small child (age 2 or under), you may contact us for information as to how we might help you receive these diapers during this difficult time of unemployment or being temporarily laid off," Salvation Army administrator Envoy Edwin Hoskins said.

Area residents are asked to bring new, unopened packages of diapers for infants 2 and younger to their location, 325 Linden, Big Rapids.

"The public may leave these under the overhang at the front glass door," Hoskins said. "We will have someone drive by two to three times daily to monitor supplies."

During recent coronavirus concerns, Hoskins said he's noticed an increase in a need for diapers and hopes to help those in need during this time.

As well as diaper donations, area residents interested in making monetary donations may send money in an envelope marked "COVID Relief — LOCAL" to P.O. Box 1256, Big Rapids, Michigan 49327.

Residents are asked to not drop off any donations at the store or administrative office, other than the diapers previously mentioned.

"Thank you for any support you can give," Hoskins said.

Anyone in need of assistance is also asked to leave a voicemail at the Salvation Army's main number 231-796-5597.