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New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee holds food and diaper drive Saturday

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee held a multi-town Food and Diaper Drive Saturday.

Hundreds of people from around the area come to the Elm City for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s parade, however, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee wanted to give back to the people who enjoy their parade each year, especially during a time where thousands are without work, and some may need to choose whether to buy diapers or food.

The drive took place Saturday at three donation drop off locations:

  • The Knight’s of St. Patrick in New Haven
  • The Irish American Community Center in East Haven
  • The Elk’s Club in West Haven

The parade committee says the turnout was “amazing” between the three drop-off locations.

“We’re just so appreciative, like the joy I’m feeling in my heart, that so many people and so many people who are struggling themselves are still going out of their way and giving back and helping people out who are even more in need,” said Joanne Conlan, Chairwoman of the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

The donations will benefit the Connecticut Food Bank and Life Haven.

Seamus Bohan, Grand Marshal of the 2020 Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade, said, “We are trying as hard as we can to raise as much as we can, collect as much as we can because they are two wonderful organizations that do need our help.”

The Committee’s Facebook page says every person who donated will be entered into a raffle drawing.

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