Local business collects diapers through Friday for those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Now through Friday, Michelle Landwehr, founder and owner of Roo’s World of Discovery, is holding a diaper drive to send to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Texas late Friday and continues to batter the region as a tropical storm. It has caused severe flooding throughout the southern state and rescue efforts are still underway. The death toll is only just beginning to come in.

Landwehr asks people to bring in disposable diapers of any size to her business located at 108 Central Way in Kirkland.

Roo’s World of Discovery opens at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. It closes at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Landwehr will be sending the diapers to the Texas Diaper Bank, a nonprofit organization that’s sending relief to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The organization is accepting any brand and any size of baby diapers, pull-ups, adult diapers, formula and wipes.

Landwehr’s friend suggested that they do something more specific to help Harvey survivors.

“I thought that was a great way to help,” she said of the diaper drive.

Landwehr said she “could not imagine” having to worry about hygiene for small children on top of everything else.

She and the Texas Diaper Bank discourage people from sending in cloth diapers, as most of the people displaced by the hurricane cannot wash them.

Landwehr said that as human beings and citizens of the United States, we have an opportunity to help those in need. She said it’s a way of collecting good karma, because she would hope that if a disaster ever struck the Seattle area, people would come to our aid.

“I feel like there’s not enough goodness in the world right now,” she said.

And this is one tiny way people can make a difference.