Flynn's 1st Birthday Diaper Drive
In July I read an article in The Atlantic, The Diaper Dilemma , that discussed the harmful impacts on parents unable to afford the most fundamental of baby care provisions, diapers. The facts are heartbreaking and frustrating:
- As many as 30% of mothers have difficulty meeting their child's diaper requirements.
- The struggle to adequately diaper is a leading cause of mental health issues in new moms.
- Reusing disposable diapers or leaving soiled diapers on too long leads to a variety of negative health consequences, and are a reality for mothers and babies facing this struggle.
- Traditional social safety net programs, SNAP (aka Food Stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) do not cover diapers and wipes.
- A year's supply of diapers for a single child costs an astounding $936!
To help a family in need, we've established this GoFundMe campaign. All donations will go to the DC Diaper Bank , a respected 501(c)3 nonprofit serving the National Capital Region, a place with the 6th most expensive cost of living and where 27% of all children live in poverty. The Diaper Bank's founder, Corinne Cannon, is currently nominated for a CNN Hero Award, see more of her story here .
Our goal is to raise $2,000, which will keep 2 future presidents, engineers, teachers, poets, entrepreneurs or scientists, clean and dry for an entire year!
Every dollar counts! While we will be ecstatic with any donations, we're suggesting you think in multiples of $20, as this is the approximate amount required to diaper a baby for a week. For example,
$20 = 1 baby diapered for a week
$40 = 2 babies diapered for a week
$100 = 1 baby diapered for a month
$200 = 2 babies diapered for a month
Please share this campaign with others!
Thank you for taking the time to celebrate Flynn's 1st revolution around the sun and to help other babies in need!
Stragglers still have time. Come on down!
Marileen, thanks for the idea! I don't believe the diaper bank's focus is on cloth diapers. I suspect that this is mostly because families in this situation may not have laundry capacity in their homes. Because commercial laundry facilities often prohibit washing cloth diapers and many daycare facilities don't permit them either, it wouldn't be a viable solution. I definite agree cloth diapers are a great way to reduce waste and save money, but I also think it may be a path the extremely poor may struggle with.
Are the diapers disposable or cloth? For less than the 1 yr cost of disposables, one could buy enough of the new cloth diapers and cost of laundry for over a year! Plus, the cloth diapers could be used for another baby, and cloth diapers do not fill up land fills.