MANCHESTER, CT — A Manchester High School student is teaming up with an area automobile dealership for the latest drive for his diaper bank.
The drive is designed to fill a truck at Monaco Ford until Feb. 20.
The drive is highlighted in a video produced by Seedership about the dealership's approach to giving how the partnership between Monaco Ford and Kyle Zingler and the Gentle Love Diaper Pantry started:
Last June, Zingler and the Manchester Area Conference of Churches set up the diaper bank in town.
Zingler has said he began the collaboration with MACC to fill a gap left by government assistance programs and those who have lost income because of coronavirus closures.
He said diapers can be a hard-to-find commodity these days.
"Hundreds of parents are unemployed and cannot afford to purchase diapers, which easily accumulate into a significant expense for families," he said. "Retailers have also struggled to keep shelves stocked with diapers because of disruption within the supply chain and influx in demand."
MAAC officials said diapers can cost "upwards of $80 per a month," per child.
The mission of Gentle Love Diaper Pantry is to "showcase the heart of the Manchester community by connecting families who face economic barriers with diapers," Zingler said.
Members of the community can place the diapers in the trunks of their vehicles and volunteers will safely remove them upon arrival. All the diapers collected will be brought to MACC, which will then help distribute the them to families in need.
Monaco Ford is located at 767 New London TurnpikeGlastonbury.