In a just less than two hours Wednesday, 100,000 diapers disappeared from the back of a box truck parked at St. Anne Catholic Church in Barrington, IL. About 4:30 p.m., the Barrington Police Department escorted the truck to the Ela Street church where the donated load was distributed to 14 area churches, charities and social service agencies.
Former McHenry pastor the Rev. Jim Swarthout secured the donation from the president of Huggies-maker Kimberly-Clark. Three years ago, Swarthout founded the first diaper bank partnership in Illinois at St. Paul Episcopal Church in McHenry and ran it food-bank style.
“It was tremendously exciting,” Swarthout said. “I just delight in getting people to work together and that has always been my mission – to align people to work together.”
The generous donation of diapers comes from the Kimberly-Clark Huggies brand as part of the Every Little Bottom diaper bank program. Swarthout, whose relationships have connected faith-based churches and corporate sponsors, was surprised by such a large corporate donation.