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Having to choose between diapers and food

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There are many people struggling in todays economy. Some of these people have an infant or child in diapers and some of these people are being forced to choose between buying diapers or food. This breaks my heart. My passion for helping people is what led me to become a nurse. My love of cloth diapers and the freedom they give parents and children that use them is what led to my current passion. I want to help those that can’t afford diapers get into cloth for little to no cost. Becoming a cloth diaper circle leader with the Real Diaper Association was my first step to helping others with cloth diapers. It’s quite a process to get established in a community as a resource but that is what I am currently trying to do. After building up the Ventura County cloth diapering community, I hope to work with local agencies and start a cloth diaper bank which will loan diapers out to families in need. This process will take a while.

What do you do if you are in need NOW? The Real Diaper Association has created a Facebook page called Diaper Aid Hub. If you are a cloth diaper user or are in need of assistance please like their page. I ask all of you who have children that have grown out of diapers to please consider donating your used diapers to one of the agencies on the list I linked to below. I can’t even fathom what a difference $2,000 or $3,000 dollars could make to a family who is struggling to feed their children and keep them in diapers. That is how much money you could save someone by donating your used diapers. That is how much money you could save by reaching out and asking for cloth diaper assistance. I know different programs have different ways to determine who qualifies but please reach out and ask!

To find the link to the page with a list of all the organizations that have registered with the RDA, accept diaper donations, and donate diapers to families in need click HERE. Talk about making a difference! How good would you feel knowing you donated diapers to a child that, instead of sitting in a disposable for 6 hours because his/her parents can’t afford to change him/her, was comfortable and happy in cloth?

Here are the agencies registered with the RDA. If you are a cloth diaper bank/provider email me and I will add you to this list!

Cloth for a cause – Based out of Prince George, British Columbia

Cloth for a cause – Vancouver Island

Cloth for a cause – Durham Region

Edmonton Cloth for a Cause

Cloth for a cause – Fraser Valley

Heiny Helpers – Bloomington, Indiana

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope – Gloucester, Massachtusetts

Cloth Cooperative

DFW Cloth Diaper Project – Dallas/Fort Worth area (local only)

Cloth Diaper Oklahoma

Operation Cloth Diaper – For Military Families

Cloth My Heart – Southwest Florida

Operation Fluff Planet – Delaware

Cloth Diaper Maine

Fluffy Wishes Diaper Closet – Southwest Michigan

Cloth For Everybum – Georgia

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6 Responses to “Having to choose between diapers and food”

  1. Cecilia says:

    Hi. I just fund you on the web. I am about to have a little girl and I been looking for cloth diapering help/assitance. I have email a few people but nobody got to me. I’m in las vegas and even he cost of used cloth diapers are out of my reach. Do you think you could give me a few links or websites I could apply for help? Please. It would be of great help. Thank you. My email is mrsleon08@gmail.com.

  2. Cecilia says:

    If it someone local I could clean, babysit, help organize or and translate. (Trying to give something back)

    • Kristen says:

      Cecilia (and anyone else),
      I started Giving Diapers, Giving Hope almost a year ago and we would love to help out anyone who is financially struggling and wants to cloth diaper. Our income requirements are the same as the WIC guidelines, so if you can qualify for WIC, you would qualify to receive diapers. I encourage anyone to apply at http://www.givingdiapersgivinghope.org

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