September 26-October 2 is Diaper Need Awareness Week. Last year our organization hosted an incredible fundraising “telethon” utilizing the Periscope live broadcast app. This year we decided to make things lower key and instead focus on stories that reflect how cloth diapering (and Giving Diapers, Giving Hope) 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 (85% 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.
This is Kimberly R.’s story.
I didn’t know anything about cloth diapering. A friend of mine from Florida is very crunchy and she had introduced me when my son was born, but I never had any interest. With my second, my daughter, I looked into it. Saw how cost effective it is and how it helps save so much money. Around when I found out I was pregnant, my daughters dad switched jobs. To a far less paying one, but one that offered insurance. We struggled to get the things we needed for her. And I knew we would never have the money to buy the diapers and liners. I didn’t even know if we would be able to afford disposables.
I had reached out to a friend and she mentioned giving diapers, giving hope. I applied; and thankfully, was approved. I am so grateful. We have only bought 2 cases of diapers in the 7 months my daughter has been here.
This program is amazing. And makes something that seems overwhelming and costly, a possibility. Thank you for all you do and have helped us with. Without this program, I would be scraping pennies together to buy diapers.
Look for more GDGH family stories this week. Thank you Kimberly for sharing your story with us in honor of Diaper Need Awareness Week. Some stories have been edited for typos or clarity.