SANDY – It doesn’t take someone with children to have a passion for helping them.
A retired businessman from Sandy is stepping up during COVID-19, despite a drop in donations for his nonprofit Utah Diaper Bank.
“I never thought I would be called the diaper guy as I got older,” said Victor Velivis, the founder and executive director of Utah Diaper Bank. “And I thought I might — maybe for a different reason.”
Velivis, the diaper guy, started the Utah Diaper Bank eight years ago. He said it is sending out the more shipments of diapers than ever before.
He sends pallets to food pantries and ministries across the state. Utah Diaper Bank is the main source of nonprofit diaper help in the state.
Since the coronavirus pandemic started, donations have dropped for the diaper bank, but they have been doubling their usual shipments. The Utah Diaper Bank has shipped on average 100,000 diapers each month since March.
“It just is shocking,” Velivis said when talking about the lack of diaper resources for low-income families. “I just felt that I had to help.”
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Velivis pointed out that low-income government programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and subsidized day care centers don’t cover diapers. They also don’t cover feminine hygiene products like tampons and pads.
Velivis said he believes it’s time for political leaders to step in and get families help in these departments.
“It is a necessity,” he said. “Why wouldn’t I want to help?”