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Teen collects over 200,000 plus diapers for families in need

Posted at 4:42 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 18:34:49-05

BALTIMORE — One Baltimore area high school student used her time to help parents with their number one need.

Lauren Eisele, a student at Garrison Forest, helped collect more than 200,000 diapers for families in need.

It all started with a phone call.

"I was looking for community service ideas and i reached out to the head of social work and she told me that the most important item and what is most needed is diapers for babies, which really surprised me," said Lauren Eisele, organizer and Garrison Forest student.

Lauren then did the research.

One in three families must choose between food over diapers.

Food stamps won't cover them, no diapers and no daycare which means no work.

So, with the help of her mom and the University of Maryland Medical Center, she was able to give diapers to babies in UMMC's NICU and shelters in west Baltimore.

"Having that kind of drive and spirit at such a young age to move forward and push forward and want to put other people before yourself, that is amazing. I really commend her for doing that and the gift that she's giving to hundreds and thousands of families here at the hospital," said Kelly Pennington, social worker at UMMC's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Lauren started this project last year and collected more than 100,000 diapers.

She hopes to expand the program, going into her school next year and increasing the number of families she'll be able to help.