Two Ridgefield girls collect diapers for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Two seventh grade volunteers from East Ridge Middle School had no idea when they set up a small table and created a poster with magic markers and fliers to hand out at the town's local Stop and Shop the outpouring of donations that they would receive from the Ridgefield community.

Maxine Lynch and Annabel Earle-Hecht set out to raise diapers for Puerto Rican children and their families this past week following the disastrous hurricane season the island has to endure this year.

Within a handful of hours, Maxine and Annabel collected 109 boxes of diapers and baby wipes. The diapers were provided to FDNY Engine 28/Ladder 11 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for delivery to Puerto Rico.

What struck the young volunteers most were how many people stopped, not only to donate, but to share stories with them about Puerto Rico, about their families who were affected by the hurricane in what they called a “gentle island with many good people,” and how overall generous and grateful Ridgefielders were for an opportunity to contribute to the drive.