Alright my friends, the countdown is on. The Using Our Words diaper drive ends this Saturday, and we’re only 14% of the way to my goal. (Getting closer to my high school calculus grade, but not even there yet.) I’m hoping to collect a combination of 2,700 diapers and dollars for families in need.
Many thanks to the friends who have donated diapers (I’ve got about 250!), and to those of you who have donated to the online fundraising drive ($140!).
If you’ve considered giving, but just want to know a bit more, here are some facts (from the Help A Mother Out site) that might sway $10 or so out of your pocket…
• You can’t buy diapers with food stamps or get them through WIC (Women, Infants and Children).
Since public assistance programs don’t cover diapers, family service organizations always have diapers at the top of their “needs” list.
• 22% of all children under five years old in the U.S. live in poverty and one out of every three families struggle to afford diapers.
Food comes before diapers, which leads to families having to reuse diapers. Yes, really. This leads to serious health problems and disease outbreaks for entire communities.
• Diapers cost an average of $75 to $100 per month.
That’s a grand total of $2,850 to diaper one child with regular changes.
There are some really wonderful success stories from families that have been helped by this organization (which was started by a Bay Area mom). Here’s one:
Thanks for your support of me throughout the year. I’m proud that we can come together to support other moms this season. I know we’ll be making a real difference! (Let’s watch the counter on my sidebar climb, baby, climb!) You can click here to donate. And if you have diapers you’d like to donate in person, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I can even take open packages, as long as they’re still in the opened plastic.)
Logo used with permission from Help A Mother Out.