Cold Spring Harbor Student Honored for 10,000 Diaper Donation
by Nolan Cleary
Harry Jones, a student at the Cold Spring Harbor High School, was honored by Huntington Town officials this week for his efforts to raise funds and buy 10,000 diapers for poor families in the Huntington area.
"Harry's generous and conscientious spirit should serve as an example to all our young residents," said Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci. "I am thrilled to participate in this worthy cause."
Jones was honored at an open air event held at a Huntington YMCA. Lupinacci and other town officials presented Jones with a pin of the town seal for his service to the community.
"I have been working with Save The Children...and wanted to be able to organize some kind of drive that would not entail just donating money,' stated Harry Jones. "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. "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."
Jones is a Student Ambassador for Save The Children and a student at Cold Spring Harbor High School. When Jones contacted Supervisor Lupinacci, he ensured that the Town of Huntington would join the effort.
Soon other organizations, including the Cold Spring Harbor School District, the Cold Spring Harbor Public Library, the "Soccer Dads" for the CSH Warriors, St Patrick's Church, the Huntington Public Library, the Huntington YMCA and many private businesses all joined together to support Harry Jones’ efforts.
The Family Service League will distribute the 10,000 diapers to needy families throughout Huntington and Long Island.