Gentle Love Diaper Pantry is a youth-run nonprofit organization based in Manchester, CT that connects families who face economic barriers with diapers and other baby essentials. The organization was started by Kyle Zingler, a junior at Manchester High School, with the support of some of his classmates including Alexandra Hamza, Jabari Murphy, along with his sister Julia Zingler and her close friend, Sylvia Squatrito. One day in early April, Kyle’s mother, who works as the Director of Family, School, and Community Partnerships for Vernon Public Schools, described her struggles of connecting a mother involved in a domestic violence incident with diapers. Kyle was motivated to solve this injustice after learning that there were no diaper or baby supply pantries accessible to families in his community. After further research he also found that diapers were not covered under SNAP or WIC programs and that they amounted to a substantial expense for families, costing $70-$80 per a child per month. Since their launch in June, they have collected over 45,000 diapers, 37,000 wipes, and hundreds of other baby products through community drives which have been distributed through the MACC Food Pantry, the MPS Welcome Center, and the ECHN Family Development Center.
ASM’s Laura McHuge and Mona Mercure present Kyle Zingler with a donation for Gentle Love Diaper Pantry
ASM is proud to recognize Andrew Hedberg who celebrates 10 years of service this month. In addition to his responsibilities as an EMS-I, Drew is a Driving Training Officer, Field Training Officer, teaches CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens and initial EMT classes at Manchester High School for the program that is run for students wanting to become EMT’s. We would like to thank Drew for his hard work and dedication to both the company and our community. Congratulations Drew!
Manchester High School students Ciera Moore and Liya Jose practice for the NREMT with ASM’s Sean Norton. Ambulance Service of Manchester and Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS created this program last year with the cooperation with the Manchester Board of Education with the intent of bring more qualified and diversified candidates into the world of Emergency Medical Service. This year’s class offered unique challenges due to the pandemic and the students were able to successfully switch to an online class format and complete their course work. By the end of June the class will be testing for their NREMT EMT certification.