Thousands of diapers, baby wipes stolen from Austin nonprofit

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin nonprofit WorkingGroup512 is asking for help from the community after thousands of diapers, baby wipes and other maternal items were stolen from their east Austin office early Monday.

Chivas Watson, executive director of WG512, told KXAN that security footage from the office complex captured two people entering the building around 1 a.m. Monday. When Watson walked into the building around 8 a.m., his office — the room where he usually stores baby items — was completely empty.

“I walk into the office, my particular office, and everything is gone,” he said. “I’m closing the door and I’m like ‘stumbling’.”

Watson said more than 4,000 diapers, 2,500 wipes and an envelope containing 30 31-day transit passes were missing, while items such as laptops and other electronic equipment remained untouched. Cots, play packs, some women’s clothing, bottles and pacifiers were also stolen.

The theft occurred just days before WorkingGroup512 was scheduled to deliver resources to its Maternal Mental Health Initiative cohort, which supports 12 mothers who are either expecting a baby or have recently had a child and are in the postpartum phase.

“Our cohort mother, Nadege, just gave birth to twins last Sunday and we planned to give her a small post-pregnancy gift as she is our most needy mother and is more than 250% below the poverty line,” Watson said in email. “This is negatively affecting dozens of contacts with our mothers who are either currently pregnant or have recently given birth.”

Along with its cohort mothers, WG512 supports 375 mothers in Austin-Travis County, with 600 mother contacts statewide.

“We do everything we can to make sure moms know they have a friend in the organization, that they don’t have to pay to join,” he said.

These interested in donating can send funds to Venmo on WG512 on @WG512-Chiefor through PayPal and CashApp.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *