DANBURY – With a flurry of donations last week, State Representatives Michael Ferguson (R-138), Will Duff (R-2), Stephen Harding (R-107), Richard Smith (R-108) and Adam Dunsby (R-135) in cooperation with Hopeline of Danbury finished a highly successful ‘Town-Wide Diaper Drive’ collecting thousands diapers.
The Danbury, Bethel and Redding legislators worked with Hopeline of Danbury on a month-long diaper drive for families after learning that diapers are not covered by Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Hopeline Director, Amy Spallino said, “I don’t know if each of you realizes how much this helps people to be able to receive a package of diapers. Diapers are expensive, and this Diaper Drive eases that burden on people a little bit. We, at Hopeline, want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts in providing residents with additional resources to take care of their babies.”
“I want to thank the Greater Danbury community for coming together and helping our local in-need families. The cost of diapers is one of the biggest expenses in raising children and this drive was meant to ease that economic burden. The generosity I have witnessed is a testament to our giving community,” said Rep. Michael Ferguson.
Rep. Duff said, “I am so proud of the community. Whenever a call goes out for help, we always have generous people willing to step forward and aid those who are in-need. These diapers will help many young families who struggle with the high cost of diapers. Thank you to everyone who contributed.”
According to state statistics, a month’s supply of diapers can cost over $100. Unfortunately, the vast majorities of licensed day care centers do not accept cloth diapers, and require parents and caregivers to provide a steady supply of disposable diapers.
Most people living in poverty do not have affordable access to washing facilities. Furthermore, most coin-operated laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons. Additionally, most low income parents can’t afford a membership to a discount club like BJ’s or Costco where diapers are less expensive.
For anyone who missed the diaper drive but still wishes to donate, please contact Hopeline of Danbury at www.hopelineprc.org or call 203.207.4673.