Fairfield legislators hail successful diaper drive for Operation Hope

State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Laura Devlin (R-134) in cooperation with Operation Hope finished a successful ‘Town-Wide Diaper Drive’ Saturday afternoon on the Sherman Green collecting 2,561 diapers.

Both Reps. Kupchick and Devlin worked with Operation Hope on a month-long diaper drive for in-need Fairfield families after learning that diapers not covered by Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Operation Hope Executive Director, Carla Miklos said, “We appreciate these donations, which will help local families who struggle with limited resources. Diapers are not just about a lack of resources, but are also a public health issue. Thank you to the daycare centers that collected them and the parents that filled the bins!”

Rep. Kupchick said, “I was moved to action after reading about the significant impact on parents who don’t have enough diapers to change their babies regularly. After learning diapers, one of the most basic needs for families with young children aren’t covered under SNAP benefits I was inspired to help bridge the gap and to work toward changing what I believe is bad policy. Every parent should be afforded the ability to keep their babies in clean diapers.”  

Rep. Devlin said, “I want to thank the Fairfield community for coming together and helping out local families. One of the biggest expenses of raising any child is the cost of diapers. This drive was meant to ease the heavy financial burden of baby diapers.”

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, contact Operation Hope, at www.operationhopect.org or call 203-292-5588.

Operation Hope’s Carla Miklos, State Reps. Brenda Kupchick and Laura Devlin with Kiran Rajan (5) and Mira Rajan (3) collecting diapers during their legislative diaper drive for Operation Hope.

Operation Hope’s Carla Miklos, State Reps. Brenda Kupchick and Laura Devlin with Kiran Rajan (5) and Mira Rajan (3) collecting diapers during their legislative diaper drive for Operation Hope.

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