From the Connecticut House Republican office:
FAIRFIELD, CT – State Representative Laura Devlin, R-134, in cooperation with Operation Hope, organized a one-month City Diaper Drive to help Fairfield neighbors who need baby essentials.
On Saturday, Diaper Drive culminated with a deposit at Saugatuck Sweets with special guest First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, where residents had another chance to donate.
âI want to thank everyone who has helped and donated diapers for Fairfield families in need. Your donation of diapers for babies and their mothers is helping tremendously,â said Devlin. “Job losses have disproportionately affected women during the pandemic, especially mothers, and diaper banks across the country have said they are busier than ever, which is why this is so important.”
Diapers are an expensive but essential need for babies, yet they are not covered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.
âThe cost of diapers has increased this year, making it even more difficult for families to get the supplies they need to keep their babies healthy and safe,â said First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick. “This annual diaper drive is a small step in an effort to support families in need. It is always heartwarming to see how our community always comes together to help each other.”
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, one in three families already needs diapers. For a single parent earning the federal minimum wage, the cost of diapers alone could amount to almost 7% of their monthly income (before tax).
âI am so grateful to our donor community for recognizing that struggling families need help dealing with the high cost of diapers,â said Operation Hope CEO Carla Miklos. “It’s a public health crisis, and we’re so fortunate that Representative Laura Devlin continues to organize this effort every year.”
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 Operation Hope says has since increased.
While this fundraising effort has made a huge difference, diapers are still in need and donations are always welcome. Contact Miklos at Operation Hope at 203-254-2935 if you would like to donate.