THE BRONX — Maria Cintron created a diaper distribution center in the Bronx in 2015.
She started with $1,000 and a dream to help every parent in the Bronx who needs help.
Now, the program, called The HopeLine, supports hundreds of families across our area, and it's become a critical resource during this trying time.
“We see people coming from Queens, Harlem, Brooklyn, and parts of Manhattan. It's expanded quickly since the COVID-19 crisis,” said Cintron.
Cintron said since the pandemic started, her group has given away 30,000 diapers.
“They are seeking us because they lost their jobs. They don’t know what some of the first steps are to seek this kind of help,” said Cintron.
Families lined up with their carts on 163rd Street in the Bronx Tuesday.
Every mom, dad or grandparent first has to make an appointment by phone. Then, they can pick up diapers, wipes and baby food and food for themselves.
“There’s no government assistance that covers diapers, said Cintron.
The staff at the organization are moms too.
Samantha Roman and Rosa Bernard are putting the care packages together. They told PIX11 the calls for help have doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
“It feels good. I know how it is. Especially if you are a single mom,” said Sanantha Roman, a coordinator for the group.
One well-known mom is a fan and supporter.
“We have Chelsea Clinton, from the Clinton foundation, who has been a supporter. She supports all our diaper endeavors,” said Cintron.
If you need diapers, you can call their hotline to make an appointment at 718-402-1212. Or to give a donation on their website at thehopeline.org