‘We’re just getting started.’ Fairfield County charity collects baby supplies for Ukraine

Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield and Westport is recognized for its ice cream but also its outreach. Proprietor Al DiGuido launched the charity Al’s Angels 25 yrs ago to assistance youngsters with cancer. He is now supporting the thousands and thousands of people today fleeing Ukraine. 

“We stated, ‘We have to get started to do a thing.’ We won’t be able to sit on the sidelines looking at this all happen and say, ‘Well, it truly is not our nation. It really is not our difficulty. It is really somewhere significantly absent,'” DiGuido explained.

For the past couple days, Al’s Angels has gathered merchandise for young children under 1 yrs previous with DiGuido’s enterprise doubling as a fall-off site. DiGuido claimed he obtained linked to folks on the ground in Ukraine and Poland and uncovered out what objects they have to have the most.

“There are a substantial amount of little ones who are infants. Their moms are carrying these babies throughout the border into Poland without the need of any form of materials,” DiGuido said.

Debra Grant showed up at Saugatuck Sweets Tuesday with a truck whole of $2,000 value of baby things. Grant owns Demonstrate to Market Residences in Westport and recruited her sellers to aid with the effort and hard work. Grant stated they donated money which her corporation matched. Then she went buying.

“Child diapers, bottles, pacifiers, heat blankets, snugglies, onesies—anything we could uncover. We just cleared off cabinets at Costco and Walmart and CVS and loaded up our truck to deliver now,” Grant mentioned.

She informed News 12 there is a personalized relationship to the undertaking. Grant expended her initial career as a neonatal intense treatment nurse.

“A few nights ago on the Television set, I noticed these very little preemies laid out lying on a floor in some bomb shelter, and it just broke my heart. And I just felt quite near to the want,” she spelled out.

Grant said her daughter-in-law is also Ukrainian American and nevertheless has close friends and family members there.

Al’s Angels volunteers used the afternoon boxing up supplies, which will be loaded onto a aircraft sure for Poland Wednesday.

“The outpouring from the Fairfield County local community has been outstanding,” DiGuido explained.

He told Information 12 his charity has presently shipped 22 bins of essential healthcare materials.

“We are just receiving started,” DiGuido claimed.

Al’s Angels programs to hold a fundraiser at Penfield Pavilion in Fairfield on March 30. You can learn much more about that and how else to donate right here.

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