Manasquan resident collecting diapers for families in need

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MANASQUAN — Nine-year-old Manasquan resident Aaron Michael Johnson is holding a diaper drive to help families in need this holiday season through the Jersey Shore Dream Center.

Aaron Michael set out with the goal of collecting 5,000 diapers and quickly exceeded those expectations within one week of starting the drive, according to his mother Sarah Lane.

“I think at this point we’re going to need a couple of minivans to get the delivery over there,” Ms. Lane said.

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This is the second drive Aaron Michael has held for the Jersey Shore Dream Center, an all-volunteer organization located in Neptune. Aaron Michael held his first diaper drive when he was 6 years old.

“I chose this because I don’t think that parents with babies should have to choose between buying food or diapers,” he said.

For his first drive, Aaron Michael collected 2,419 diapers and 34 packs of wipes, which he then donated to the Jersey Shore Dream Center in Neptune. “I felt happy that I was able to save the baby pantry from having to temporarily close,” he said.

Recognizing the growing need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Aaron Michael, with help from his 12-year-old brother Joshua, decided to hold another diaper drive for the Jersey Shore Dream Center.

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