Diaper price surge hurts Dallas charity




Posted on March 18, 2011 at 1:02 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 18 at 12:26 PM

DALLAS — A Dallas non-profit is keeping a close eye on the disposable diaper price hike soon to hit stores, and it worries it will hurt their budget.

"We can't afford to be hit," said Jeanne Reyer, executive director of Captain Hope's Kids.

Every week, the charity distributes 9,000 diapers to agencies that help homeless babies and toddlers across North Texas.

"We are spending nearly $7,000 in diapers a month," Reyer said.

Irving-based Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced it is going to increase its prices in North America for products including diapers, tissue paper and toilet paper.

For example, the cost of Cottonelle toilet paper will go up 7 percent; the price for Huggies diapers, baby wipes and and training pants will jump between three and seven percent.

Kimberly-Clark claims the hike is needed because of the rising costs for raw materials to make its products.

Other companies, including Procter & Gamble and Colgate-Palmolive, are also looking at rolling out price increases.

Reyer estimates that her monthly diaper bill might go up as much as $500 with the new prices, and the extra expense comes at time when donations are down.

"We are very short — short on donations on diapers as well as what we purchase," Reyer said.

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