Local reps' diaper drive
State Representatives Stephen Harding (R-107) and Will Duff (R-2) along with State Senators Toni Boucher (R-26) and Michael McLachlan (R-24) in cooperation with the Hopeline of Danbury will be hosting a town-wide Diaper Drive from Sept. 13th to Oct. 11th.
The legislative delegations from Bethel and Danbury organized this month-long diaper drive with Hopeline for in-need families after learning they are not covered by Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
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.
Readers can donate opened or unopened packages at one of five locations.
Donate any time from Sept. 13th to Oct. 11th.
Bethel Municipal Center at 1 School Street, Bethel
Bethel Library at 189 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel
Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury
Redding Town Hall, 100 Hill Road, Redding
Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd, West Redding