First Diaper Bank to Open in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Springfield’s first diaper bank is set to open this Thursday. The bank will help low-income families in the area who are struggling to make ends meet.
The Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan hopes to deliver thousands of diapers to the Community Survival Center this week.
“It’s a huge need in Western Mass. We wanted to start it off in Springfield because there is a huge amount of people and resources available that want to get this going for families,” said Kelly Kelly, the Community Outreach Representative of Boston Medical Center.
Within a week, a child can go through 32 diapers. It’s an expensive necessity for many.
“Sometimes, it comes down to do they pay for food or do they buy diaper? Sometimes they have to get the food and not the diapers. So, kids will stay in the diapers for a longer period of time. That’s when they get urinary tract infections, rashes, and all kinds of things,” said Kelly.
Right now, the center does not have enough to provide for the families coming in on Thursday.
“We do have a lot of young families that come in and are looking for diapers,” said Jacqueline Madden, the Director of Community Survival Center. “We may give them one or two diapers, but that’s not going to last long.”
Madden believes the diaper bank will help many families in the area. She urges everyone to help out.
Donations can be made throughout the week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Survival Center, located at 240 Main Street in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield.