Brian Ratliff, children’s minister and known figure in Faulkner County, has joined forces with several in the community to assist Arkansas Rice Depot in a large-scale diaper drive.

Ratliff said Monday that his goal is for Conway to "raise" 50,000 diapers.

Antioch Baptist Church, where Ratliff serves as children’s minister, has committed to more than 15,000 diapers in the overall goal.

Central Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church members and Solid Rock Church First Assembly of God have also committed to the drive, he said, along with Vilonia Primary School’s Parent Teacher Organization and other individuals.

"I encourage everyone here in this community to take part in this. Arkansas Rice Depot does so much good, and this is an opportunity to help someone who is helping others," Ratliff said.

Ratliff said he hopes Conway, "a city that is capable of raising $1 million in scholarships with Toad Suck Daze," can beat Maumelle and Cabot’s total. He said the two cities have each raised about 22,000 diapers.

The drive day is Tuesday, and donation points are at both Conway Walmart locations.

Arkansas Rice Depot will be accepting donations at Walmart on Skyline Drive between 4 and 7 p.m.

Drop-off bins are also located at Antioch, Central Baptist Church and Solid Rock Assembly of God.

Arkansas Rice Depot, a faith based, statewide food bank network, serves 900 hunger relief programs in Arkansas.

The organization also provides hygiene and health care items.

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