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Springfield, MA (May 4, 2021) – Several community groups are coming together to support the Square One’s growing need for emergency diapers.

 

Six Flags New England, Pride Stores and the Junior League of Greater Springfield are joining forces to collect much-needed diapers for children and families in the greater Springfield region.

 

“Typically, we supply emergency diapers to about 1,200 families each year,” says Kristine Allard, Vice President of Development & Communication for Square One. “When the COVID crisis struck, we saw an immediate and sharp increase in requests due to limited access and job loss. Over the past year, we have provided diapers to over 2,800 families.

 

“We are thrilled to have the support of these amazing organizations to help us fill this important need.”

 

What:                     Diaper Drive to support the Baby Bottoms Diaper Bank

Where/When:     Sixteen Acres Pride Store

1110 Wilbraham Road, Springfield

Friday, May 21, 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 

Longmeadow Pride Store

1730 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow

Saturday, May 22, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Diaper donations of a case or more (valued at $14.99 or greater) are eligible to receive one complimentary ticket to Six Flags New England a Pride gift card. (Restrictions apply.)

 

Formed in 2014, the Baby Bottoms Diaper Bank supplies free emergency diapers and wipes throughout the greater Springfield region. Led by Square One, the program is a partnership of Gray House, Open Pantry, Family Resource Center, Springfield Public Libraries, Caring Health Center WIC, and Tapestry Health WIC.

 

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Since 1883, Square One has been committed to ensuring that all children and families have the opportunity to succeed at school, at work, and in life by providing educational programs, family support services, health and fitness resources, and a voice in the community. Square One knows that children grow up to become better educated and more successful academically, emotionally and socially when they have high-quality early education, nurturing adults to care for them, and a safe and healthy community in which to live.

 

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kristine Allard at kallard@startatsquareone.org.