Flynn's 1st Birthday Diaper Drive

$2,000 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 18 months
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Hilary Banion Wanke
on behalf of Corinne Cannon
 ALEXANDRIA, VA
In celebration of Flynn's first year, Josh and I decided to dispense with toys and instead set our minds and spirits to paying it forward and diapering 2 babies for a year. We're asking for your help!


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!

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Update 4
Posted by Hilary Wanke
15 months ago
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In a last minute holiday surprise it turns out that I forgot to turn off donations and we received an unexpected final push getting us to our $2000 goal! Thanks to everyone who helped get us here. 2 very fortunate babes will be clean and dry for an entire year!
Met our goal we have!
With you may the Force be. Yesss
To raise a child it takes a village.
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Update 3
Posted by Hilary Wanke
17 months ago
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Thanks to everyone that has donated to our diaper drive! We greatly appreciate everyone that has helped us to raise $1,385 of our $2000 goal. This is enough to completely diaper a baby for over a year! Not bad for Flynn's first advocacy effort!

Stragglers still have time. Come on down!
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Update 2
Posted by Hilary Wanke
17 months ago
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LAST CALL: We're wrapping up Flynn's First Birthday Diaper Drive on Sunday. So far we've raised $1,160 of our $2000 goal to diaper 2 babies for an entire year! Many of you 'Liked' and 'Shared' the Drive, but might not have gotten around to donating yourself. Many others may have planned to donate, but delayed or got sidetracked. Now's the time!
Flynn in one of her first diapers.
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Update 1
Posted by Hilary Wanke
17 months ago
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Did you know that most daycare providers won't take babies without a supply of diapers provided? No wonder that parental stress about providing diapers is greater than any other basic childcare need! How is a poor parent supposed to get to work, provide for his/her family or stay off assistance?
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Hilary Banion Wanke
17 months ago

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.

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Marileen Kastl
17 months ago

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.

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$2,000 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 18 months
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Created September 14, 2015
Hilary Banion Wanke  
on behalf of Corinne Cannon
$360
Anonymous
15 months ago
AG
$40
Albert Gembara
17 months ago
MA
$20
Megan Angelini
17 months ago
$75
Anonymous
17 months ago
$20
Anonymous
17 months ago
$20
Anonymous
17 months ago
$40
Anonymous
17 months ago
RL
$40
Ryan Lash
17 months ago
MM
$25
Mike McCormick
17 months ago
JG
$30
Jolene Grabill
17 months ago

Sorry I am late to the party, but what a great way the celebrate Flynn's first birthday! Love you!

Hilary Banion Wanke
17 months ago

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.

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Marileen Kastl
17 months ago

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.

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