During Chanukah, on December 13, a helicopter drop and a Harrison police motorcycle motorcade including Harrison Fire Trucks, Menorah cars and a parade of personal cars overflowing with diapers, accompanied the delivery of over 70,000 diapers to the Westchester Baby Bank in North White Plains. The delivery began at the Jewish Community Center of Harrison, 130 Union Avenue, and proceeded to the Westchester Baby Bank. 901 North Broadway, White Plains.
The Westchester Baby Bank is an affiliate of 914Cares, dedicated to supporting neighbors in the Westchester community who struggle to meet basic needs including food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education.
This effort was spearheaded by Rabbi Eytan Hammerman of the Jewish Community Center of Harrison, who asked the members of his congregation, family and friends to help him celebrate his 44th birthday with “a gift that matters” for those who are less fortunate.
“When I realized that my birthday would coincide with Thanksgiving, I wanted to celebrate it with a special gift to the community. I learned from 914Cares that one in three Westchester families have trouble affording diapers for their infants.
“Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) funds cannot be used to purchase diapers. Cloth diapers are not an option since Laundromats, which many families have to use because they do not have access to washing machines, do not allow cloth diapers to be washed in their machines. I learned that 800 babies receive help from 914Cares. That’s a lot of diapers! I knew that our community would come through. They did,” Rabbi Hammerman stated.