GCC raises more than $800 for diapers

  • Organizers say Greenfield Community College’s fall diaper drive was a success, raising more than $800 for diapers. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/29/2019 6:10:38 PM

GREENFIELD — Organizers say Greenfield Community College’s week-long fall diaper drive was a success, raising more than $800 for diapers.

According to Deb Billings, a member of the Franklin County Diaper Task Force, the task force teamed up with the college, the United Way of Franklin County and Community Action Pioneer Valley last month to raise money and collect diapers for those in need. She said GCC had a lot to do with the success of the drive.

“Not only did we spread awareness of the need for diapers, but we also were able to collect triple the amount of donations we originally estimated,” Billings said.

GCC’s students, faculty and staff, as well as people who stopped into the college’s downtown center, stepped up in a big way, Billings said.

“We got more than $800 and some diapers from folks who actually went out and brought diapers for the drive,” she said. “We made sweet memories of individuals giving, which will keep us warm all winter, from the single mom from Boston ... to the wonderful Tigger-of-a-man who begged us to take some 20 dollar bills off his hands.”

Billings said fundraising can be a gift just in how it gives participants an opportunity to think beyond themselves.

The diaper drive’s final fundraiser of this year will be a free Soup & Game Night at Hope & Olive restaurant in Greenfield on Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. Soup and bread will be donated by area bakeries and restaurants, and there will also be a raffle.

“We’re aiming with this fundraiser to gather enough donations to provide diapers to our community until next summer’s diaper drive,” she said.

Billings said more than 10,000 diapers were collected during this year’s summer diaper drive, and more will be added with the money and diapers raised during the smaller fundraisers.

For more information, contact Deb Billings at 413-659-6019 or email: franklincountydiaperbank@gmail.com. Also visit the Franklin County Diaper Task Force’s Facebook page.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-0261, ext. 269 or afritz@recorder.com.

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