Huntington – Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci joined Cold Spring Harbor resident Harry Jones at YMCA Huntington on March 22 to honor the student for his efforts in raising funds and donations of over 10,000 diapers for local families in need.
“Harry’s generous and conscientious spirit should serve as an example to all our young residents and we were thrilled to participate in this worthy cause,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, who presented Mr. Jones with a pin of the Town seal for his efforts in raising funds and donations of over 10,000 diapers for families in need.
Harry Jones said, “I have been working with Save The Children for some time now and wanted to be able to organize some kind of drive that would not entail just donating money. During the pandemic and trying to social distance, I thought what could be easier than ordering diapers through Amazon and having them delivered to my house, and it just grew from there!”
“The diaper drive idea came from a video that was posted online from the Greater DC Diaper Bank,” said Carolyn Jones, Harry’s mother and a supporter of Save The Children United Kingdom since childhood. “We watched the video and found it so sad that parents had to decide if they should pay the rent, buy food or put a clean diaper on their babies /children. It was Lori Homer, the President of Save The Children Long Island Council, that put the idea out there to the ambassadors, Harry took it to another level.”
Harry Jones, a Student Ambassador for Save The Children Long Island Council and a student at Cold Spring Harbor High School, contacted Supervisor Lupinacci’s office and the Town of Huntington joined the effort, collecting donations from employees at Huntington Town Hall.
Participants in the diaper drive included Cold Spring Harbor School District, Cold Spring Harbor Public Library, The Warriors Soccer Dads (CSH), St Patrick's Church, Huntington Public Library, Family Service League, YMCA Huntington, New York Life Insurance Company, Melville, and generous residents across the Huntington community.
The diapers will be distributed to families throughout Long Island through the Family Service League.