FAIRFIELD- State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134) in cooperation with Operation Hope hosted a month-long town Diaper Drive to help Fairfield neighbors in need of baby essentials.
On Saturday, the Diaper Drive culminated in a drop-off at Saugatuck Sweets with special guest First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick where residents had another chance to donate.
“I want to thank everyone who helped and donated diapers for Fairfield families in-need. Your donation of diapers for babies and their mothers does help tremendously,” said Rep. Devlin.
“Job losses have disproportionately affected women during the pandemic, especially mothers, and diaper banks across the country have reported being busier than ever before, that is why this is so important.”
First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said, “The cost of diapers has gone up this year making it even more difficult for families to get the supplies they need to keep their baby healthy and safe. This annual diaper drive is a small step in an effort to support families in need. It’s always heartwarming to see the way our community always comes together to help one another. “
Operation Hope, Executive Director Carla Miklos said, “I’m so grateful to our giving community who recognize that struggling families need help to deal with the high cost of diapers. It’s a public health crisis and we are so lucky that Rep. Laura Devlin continues to organize this effort each year.”
Diapers are an expensive but essential need for babies, and yet they are not covered by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits.
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, 1 in 3 families already struggle with diaper needs. For a single parent making the federal minimum wage, diaper costs alone could account for nearly 7% of their monthly income (pre-tax).
This event has been an annual diaper drive for years and was postponed last year due to Covid but that did not end the demand for diapers which according to Operation Hope has since risen.
While this collection effort made a huge difference, diapers are always in need and donations are always welcome.
Please reach out to Carla at Operation Hope at 203-254-2935 if you would like to make a donation.