Information via Greenwich Hospital
GREENWICH, CT – Greenwich Hospital employees donated 3,240 diapers to Neighbor to Neighbor in Greenwich and the Carver Center in Port Chester, NY, as part of a Yale New Haven Health initiative to distribute thousands of diapers to families in need across the state.
Greenwich’s diaper drive was led by the hospital’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.
Throughout March, Yale New Haven Health employees (Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial, Westerly, and Yale New Haven hospitals) donated 17,850 diapers for distribution to organizations in the communities they serve.
According to the Diaper Bank of Connecticut, nearly one in three families struggle to afford diapers to keep their babies clean, dry and healthy.
Neighbor to Neighbor is a non-profit organization that aims to create access to food, clothing and basic necessities.
“Our customer families with young children and babies will warmly appreciate this much-needed item, especially in this time of high costs and inflation,” Margaret Tjimos Goldberg, executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor, said in a statement. hurry. “We appreciate the support and input from the layers of employees at Greenwich Hospital.”
Anne Bradner, executive director of the Carver Center, said residents of Port Chester rely on Carver Center to get the help they need. The Carver Center has been serving children and families in the community since 1943.
“Greenwich Hospital’s diaper donation will be distributed through our food pantry, the Carver Market. They really help us build a better future for local families,” she said in a press release.
Other donations included 3,600 diapers to Bridgeport Hospital’s Center for Family Justice; 2,995 diapers and 1,068 wipes to the Thames Valley Council for Community Action/WIC at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital; 1,630 diapers at Jonnycake Center, Westerly, RI, and Westerly Hospital’s Pantry on the Lane, Bradford, RI; 6,385 diapers, plus donations of more than $5,700 to purchase approximately 34,000 additional diapers from Bridgeport Hospital’s Diaper Bank of CT and Yale New Haven Hospital.
“Parents are often forced to choose between paying for food or buying nappies, and the stress of such a decision weighs on the whole family,” Greenwich Hospital said in a news release. “According to Diaper Bank, neither Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) covers the cost of diapers.”
Leaving a baby in a soiled diaper for long periods of time, or even reusing a previously soiled diaper, increases the risk of urinary tract infections, hepatitis and severe diaper rash, Greenwich Hospital said.