HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — For mothers in need in the central part of the state, a local bank reached out a helping hand to get to the bottom of a big need.
A special delivery Wednesday, at My Sisters’ Place transitional housing in Hartford. Volunteers from Farmington Bank dropped off a truckload of diapers to help mothers in need.
“This Christmas we did a secret Santa and on the wish list of some of the women were Pampers,” said Diane Paige-Blondet, My Sister’s Place.
Federal and state assistance doesn’t pay for diapers. And a recent study by Yale showed that three out of ten low income moms can’t afford enough diapers for their children.
That, Yale says, can lead to depression and anxiety.
“The programs that are put forward by the state, such as the snap program doesn’t allow for people to purchase diapers. And the average cost of a case of diapers is $30. And it allows for the financial freedom of that money that would have been used for diapers and go out and buy food and other things for children,” said John Patrick, CEO Farmington Bank.
Wednesday, the folks from Farmington Bank dropped off 66 cases of diapers, that’s enough for 9,200 changes.
Enough to give the moms who come there for help, a little breathing room.
“After Christmas, and the holiday season leave, people go back to their daily routine and I think it’s important to understand that while we live in a very wealthy society and a very wealthy community here in greater Hartford, there are needs that need to be filled,” said Patrick.
“When you are spending part of your income on Pampers at $30 a box. You could buy food with that so that makes a world of difference to women who really need it,” said Paige-Blondet.
Farmington Bank is donating more than 4,600 diapers to a number of Connecticut charities, including a number of shelters and catholic charities.