This week is Diaper Need Awareness Week. As you may know, I’m Director of Operations for Giving Diapers Giving Hope, which is completely volunteer run, and helps families break the cycle of diaper need.
When it gets difficult to juggle or things aren’t going well, stories from the families we’ve helped make it all worth while.
“When my son was 3 months old I decided to switch to cloth diapers because he was allergic to pampers…so I applied for a cloth lending program through GDGH. The wetbag itself is a large cost for the one they sent me so I am very grateful. My son no longer has an allergic reaction…it has pointed me in other directions of cloth reusable items to save money.” -Kayla L.
“My introduction to GDGH was on a foster parent forum. I applied and received prefolds and Thirsties duo covers just a couple of weeks later. We started part time immediately. One of the children (now adopted) has sensory issues and the cloth diapers helped immensely. We never would have gotten that push without the assistance of GDGH because the upfront costs were too great.” -Amanda R.
“We constantly had to choose buying expensive disposable diapers over paying our bills in full. My son’s bum is so sensitive he was allergic to generic brands… My husband and I would go without items needed in the household in order to make sure we had the funds to buy disposable diapers. I have leukemia so I’m unable to work… I don’t qualify for disability. Giving Diapers Giving Hope helped so much with the diaper loan program. We no longer have to buy disposable diapers and we’re able to catch up on our bills and no longer have to figure out what could be pushed off for an extra month or two. I no we are truly grateful for Giving Diapers Giving Hope.” -Elizabeth M.
September 26-October 2 is National Diaper Need Awareness Week. This year Giving Diapers, Giving Hope will focus on stories that reflect how cloth diapering (and GDGH) helps families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to begin cloth diapering. 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers of any kind and there are no public assistance programs that directly provide diaper assistance. Diapers are a basic necessity for babies and using cloth diapers can eliminate that monthly expense, enabling families to use that $60+ per month towards food, power, and the many other bills they face. If you’d like to support our program by donating your gently used cloth diapers or by making a monetary donation (80% of donations directly assist our families through the purchase of diapers and shipping costs) you can find out more here: Donate to GDGH or use these links to quickly make your tax-deductible donation.
Thank you for helping us keep babies dry and healthy.
Please make a small donation if you are able to, and share the above images to help us raise awareness.