The Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford is coordinating a diaper drive to benefit the families residing at the Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) East Hartford Family Shelter that runs through this Friday, July 26, 2019. The shelter houses 10 to 12 homeless families with young babies and children in need of sealed, packaged baby care essentials, including: diapers, baby wipes, diaper cream, sensitive skin baby wash, baby powder, and other items.
“Baby items are taxed as a luxury item and are not available for purchase with food stamps. Being a mom with a low-income can be very expensive, and taking good care of your baby can pose a serious financial burden,” said Tyeisha Saffold, Program Manager at CRT’s East Hartford Family Shelter. “This generous helping hand from the community helps lift those worries, and the donations are a huge help for the families we serve. We are grateful to Alana Butler and her team at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford who are organizing this Diaper Drive, and to all of the individuals who are able to make a donation.”
Sealed, packaged items such as diapers in sizes newborn through 6 (sizes 3 and 4 are the most needed), baby wipes, diaper cream, sensitive skin baby wash, baby powder can be donated. Gift cards to Wal-Mart or Target can also be donated during the diaper drive which will be provided to CRT staff to help make purchases for families in need. (Editor’s Note: Gift cards should be dropped off at the Federation office in the Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford.)
This diaper drive would not be possible without the support of the Jewish Community Relations Council, B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom, Kol Haverim, Mandell JCC, Young Israel of West Hartford, Congregation Beth Israel, the Emanuel Synagogue, and Beth David Synagogue.
To make a donation during the Diaper Drive, please bring items to one of the locations listed below. All donations will then be delivered to CRT’s East Hartford Family Shelter.
Community Diaper Drive Drop-off Locations:
· B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom: 180 Still Road, Bloomfield
· Beth David Synagogue: 20 Dover Road, West Hartford
· Community Services Building: 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford
· Congregation Beth Israel: 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford
· Congregation Kol Haverim: 1079 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury
· The Emanuel Synagogue: 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford
· Mandell JCC: 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford
· Young Israel of West Hartford: 2240 Albany Avenue, West Hartford
Community Renewal Team, Inc. is the designated Community Action Agency for Middlesex and Hartford Counties and is the largest non-profit provider of human services in Connecticut. The agency’s mission is “Preparing Our Community to Meet Life’s Challenges.” The mission is achieved each day by helping people and families become self-sufficient while making sure basic needs are met. CRT’s programs include Early Care and Education, Meals on Wheels, energy assistance, supportive housing and shelters, and many others, serving people in more than 60 cities and towns in both our core catchment area and throughout Connecticut. www.crtct.org