It Takes a Village, a local nonprofit organization supporting postpartum families in Western MA, and Baystate Noble Hospital are working together to combat diaper needs within the Hilltowns.
Did you know that 1 in 2 families struggle to provide enough diapers to keep their baby clean, dry, and healthy? Baystate Noble Hospital generously donated 4,192 diapers, 520 packs of wipes, and 144 baby shampoos to It Takes a Village for distribution to local families at the Village Closet. These critical items will keep the youngest members of our community healthy and safe.
“We are purposeful in our support of It Takes a Village. Their commitment and contributions to the children and families in the Hilltowns is remarkable. Baystate Health is proud to make this donation again this year,” said Annamarie Golden, director, Community Relations, Office of Government and Community Relations at Baystate Health.
When a family does not have access to clean diapers and wipes, they are forced to make some really difficult decisions. Without the continued support from community partners like Baystate Noble, The Village Closet program would not be able to provide this crucial support to families. Over the past year, there has been a 20% increase in the price of diapers. "No one should have to choose between buying diapers or groceries," remarked Lisa Goding, Program Director for It Takes a Village.
Families are able to visit the Village Closet, located at 2 E. Main Street in Huntington for diapers once a month. As the only diaper bank within the Hilltowns - it is a lifeline to families. A mother from Chesterfield, MA shared, “This is such an amazing program and has taken such a financial burden and worry off my shoulders.” Not only does the Village Closet have diapers, but there is formula, clothing, baby gear, books, and toys. These items are provided to families at no cost.
For more information on The Village Closet, or It Takes a Village programs, please visit
www.hilltownvillage.org or call 413-650-3640.