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“World’s Largest Diaper Drive” 2024 Started Up for Chillicothe and Ross County

Tim and Jo Welsh of "Bottoms Up" diaper bank and the “World’s Largest Diaper Drive” at the kickoff banquet at Bell Manor, February 27th, 2024.

Ross County — The “World’s Largest Diaper Drive” is underway, after a kickoff banquet Tuesday.

Tim and Jo Welsh say they accidentally started it five years ago to celebrate their 40th anniversary when they asked friends and family to donate diapers to be distributed to those in need. They asked for 40 boxes for their 40 years…and got about 80 boxes.

The Lancaster couple created “Bottoms Up” diaper bank, and run the “World’s Largest Diaper Drive” in May. They say coordinating organizations in about 12 states get to distribute the diapers they collect.

Their goal is to collect 1,000,000 diapers in central Ohio this year.

They say that no government agencies pay for diapers, and since they are taxable, food stamps can’t be used for them – so, that stresses families in need who go through many expensive diapers.

The “World’s Largest Diaper Drive” Chillicothe and Ross County kickoff banquet at Bell Manor, February 27th, 2024.
A table decoration at the “World’s Largest Diaper Drive” kickoff banquet (with a preemie diaper).

Hear more in their own words in the interview below, and also see my preview story.

Find “Bottoms Up” diaper bank in their website and Facebook page, and “The World’s Largest Diaper Drive” in its website.

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Raised in Ross County, Bearcat class of '87 at Paint Valley. Wrote a column on history and historic preservation for the Chillicothe Gazette right out of high school, then a bachelors in Journalism in the OU class of '91. After starting my one-man company "Intrepid Heritage Services" in Columbus in 1997 to offer historical research, tours, and talks, I retuned to Ross County in 2003. Have been working as a radio programmer and reporter at Clear Channel / iHeart Media Southern Ohio. Started working with the Scioto Post June 27th, 2023.