Minnechaug Students Collect Diapers to Donate to Square One

SPRINGFIELD — Members of the band and spring athletes at Minnechaug Regional High School are teaming up to help children and families in the region. The students have been collecting diapers to help replenish the supply of emergency diapers at the Baby Bottoms Diaper Bank, a program led by Square One.

“Typically, we supply emergency diapers to about 1,200 families each year,” said 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 so thankful to the staff, students, and families at Minnechaug for recognizing the need and stepping up in a such big way to help out.”

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 the Gray House, Open Pantry, the Family Resource Center, Springfield Public Libraries, Caring Health Center WIC, and Tapestry Health WIC.