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Weyerhaeuser National Diaper Drive nets more than 630,000 diapers for babies in need across the U.S.

  • Over 100 volunteers in bright-colored volunteer t-shirts to load 175,000 diapers onto World Vision trucks for local distributions
  • Weyerhaeuser Headquarters' - mile Glass Walkway lined with boxes of donated diapers
  • Across the country, additional Weyerhaeuser site donations are being picked up by World Vision storehouse staffers, and distributed to the most vulnerable families

Media contacts:

Kelli Day (World Vision)
253.227.3875

Anne Leyva (Weyerhaueser)
253.924.3190

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Federal Way, WA (April 2, 2013)
WHAT: Weyerhaeuser will unveil the mile walkway of donated diapers in a brief campaign wrap up event. Over 100 Weyerhaeuser and World Vision volunteers will be loading Seattle’s 175,000 diapers onto pallets and into trucks to deliver to the Fife storehouse for future local distributions.

WHY:
  Studies show babies left too long in soiled diapers are more likely to be abused. Many U.S. families cannot afford the high cost of an adequate supply of diapers for their child (6-10 diapers per day). Food assistance programs do not cover diapers. Across the country, non-profit agencies do not have enough diapers to meet the demands of those in need.

"Diapers are one of the most highly requested items at World Vision's storehouses across the U.S. The challenge is that the need greatly outstrips donations and the problem is only getting worse," explains Romanita Hairston, World Vision’s vice president of U.S. programs. "As the economy continues to struggle, more parents have to make the difficult choice between buying groceries and buying diapers.”

  
Weyerhaeuser has a long tradition of supporting volunteerism and community involvement, which is especially valued in these current times, and I'm personally thankful for this opportunity and great partnership with World Vision," said Dan Fulton, Weyerhaeuser president and chief executive officer. "Giving in our communities comes naturally for our employees and this diaper drive is a natural fit for us here at Weyerhaeuser since our absorbent pulp products are sold to global manufacturers of diapers.”

WHEN:
Thursday, April 4 at 11a.m.

WHERE:
Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters Building
33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S. (west entrance)
Federal Way, WA 98003

Directions: http://www.weyerhaeuser.com/Company/CorporateAffairs/Directions#corporate (follow signs to west entrance)

STORY/PHOTO OPS:

  • Photos of volunteers loading pallets of diapers onto World Vision trucks
  • Videotape what mile walkway of diapers looks like (in the scenic Weyerhaeuser headquarters)Interview Weyerhaeuser President and CEO Dan Fulton, and World Vision on-site staff: successful employee volunteer campaigns, domestic poverty, and local partnerships that are making a difference in our communities.
  • Story of local profit/non-profit partnership, giving back to local communities in need.

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About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For more information on their efforts, visit WorldVision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews

About Weyerhaeuser
One of the world's largest private owners of timberlands, Weyerhaeuser began operations in 1900. We own or control more than 6 million acres of timberlands, primarily in the U.S., and manage another 14 million acres under long-term licenses in Canada. We manage these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. We are also one of the largest manufacturers of wood and cellulose fibers products, and we develop real estate, primarily as a builder of single-family homes. Our company is a real estate investment trust. In 2012, we generated $7.1 billion in sales and employed approximately 13,200 people who serve customers worldwide. We are listed on the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index. Our stock trades on the New York Stock exchange under the symbol WY. More information about us is available at www.weyerhaeuser.com.