During Christmas we celebrate God coming to us in human form as the Babe Jesus, wrapped in swaddling clothes.
This Christmas, in keeping our Baptismal Covenant to care for those who are in need and respecting the dignity of all, ECCT’s deacons invite you to participate in an ECCT-wide diaper drive to benefit The Diaper Bank of Connecticut.
Did You Know?
- The Diaper Bank works to bring basic health needs, including 75,000 diapers each week, to low- income individuals in our state who are struggling to make ends meet.
- Most clients who frequent the diaper bank do not have laundry facilities and laundromats do not allow the washing of cloth diapers.
- Prior to the pandemic, 1 in 3 Connecticut families couldn’t afford enough diapers for their infants and toddlers, and the need has skyrocketed over the past year.
- Diapers can cost up to $100 a month and for those who have no choice but to buy them at local convenience stores rather than big-box retailers, the cost can be even higher.
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) weren’t designed to cover the cost of diapers.
- Without an adequate supply of clean diapers, babies are more likely to suffer from diaper rash, urinary tract infections, and other medical problems.
No one should have to worry about affording these basic needs.
How can you participate?
- Bring a package of diapers (sizes 3-6) to you parish’s services on Christmas, Christmas 1, or Epiphany Sunday.*
- Make a financial donation to The Diaper Bank of Connecticut and note “ECCT Diaper Drive” in the “In Honor of” line.
For more information contact the Rev. Bonnie Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We offer thanksgiving in advance for your generosity.
*1-3 parishes in each region will serve as collection centers for all donated diapers in a region. Each parish will be responsible for transporting their donations to these locations for pickup by The Diaper Bank after Epiphany Sunday.