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Local mother takes advantage of diaper bank, tries to re-sell diapers

A local mother took advantage of a non-profit organization in Midland County this holiday season. (Photo credit: Amanda Chodnicki)

It's the time of year where people are always giving.

But unfortunately, some people are taking advantage of those who worked hard to give gifts to those in.

In fact, one Midland County mother, who recently received assistance from The Diaper Alliance, took advantage of the organization.

Since the program began in 2010, founder Debi Keyes said it has donated almost three million diapers to local families.

During this time frame, she also said five individuals have tried to take advantage of the program by re-selling the diapers.

She said the most recent incident involved a mother who was selling diapers provided by her non-profit on Facebook.

Keyes said she knew it was diapers from her organization because of how they were bundled and labeled.

While she said she understands the holidays can be a hard time for families, she said there are better ways to get presents under the tree than taking advantage of others.

"We just want everyone to know that it's not OK to sell something that people work hard to give," Keyes said. "I have to believe since she is a young mom that maybe she was desperate to put Christmas presents under the tree, so she was trying to do something to raise some money. It doesn't make it OK and part of my job is to ensure that our donors' funds are not misused."

She said the woman was selling a four-month supply of diapers from the organization.

The distributing agency identified the woman and is working to return the diapers.

For those interested in donating to the cause, click here.


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