Palmer emergency dispatchers help with diaper drive

Zaz Hollander

Palmer's police dispatchers are holding a "diaper drive" to support a new Valley community resource known as the Diaper Bank. The drive, which runs through Saturday, is being conducted in partnership with Wasilla's Heart Reach Pregnancy Center, a nonprofit crisis pregnancy group.

The center, which has distributed free diapers for more than a decade, became a member of the National Diaper Bank last August, according to a press release from Heart Reach. Diapers are expensive -- almost $100 a month per child -- and families without enough clean diapers may resort to fewer diaper changes, which can lead to diaper rash.

Palmer dispatch's involvement is a good fit because dispatchers have delivered four babies in five months, said dispatch supervisor Alaina Anderson. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of the Palmer Police Department. Donations of diapering supplies such as wipes and diaper cream are also needed.

Reach Zaz Hollander at or 257-4317.