Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fall Diaper Drive - I Need Your Help!

It's that time again!

I will be hosting another cloth diaper soon! Last spring, with your help, we were able to send 30 diaper covers and 30 cotton prefolds to the DFW Cloth Diaper Project.

This time around I would love to make an even greater impact. I will be partnering up with the Tomahawk Sustainment Mission to help start a cloth diapering program that will benefit the people living in the poverty-stricken Appalachia region of Kentucky (which is not too far from home!). At the time the founder, Terri, had contacted me about assisting her with this project, there were 100 children that could benefit from this program.

DID YOU KNOW? The Appalachia region covers 13 different U.S. states, encompasses 420 counties and includes 25 million people? Sadly, some of the most distressed areas have 150% poverty rate over the average U.S. rate.

Heartbreaking, isn't it? As many of us parents know, diapering our children can cost us a fortune. According to the Real Diaper Association, using disposables costs a family about $66 dollars per month, and about $1,600 for the first two years. Now imagine if you had to decide if your family was going to eat or spend money on buying more diapers. Some families even have to re-use their babies DISPOSABLE diapers because they cannot afford to buy more. The wonderful thing about cloth diapers is that you do not have to worry about purchasing more diapers and you can always have clean ones readily available! With this diaper program, these families will not have to spend a penny on diapers for their children.

I have witnessed firsthand what a blessing it was to cloth diaper my first child when my husband and I were out of work. He had been laid off a week before our baby was born and I had a work study job at the local university that was supposed to end a couple of weeks before my due date, but our little guy came early. I also remember how difficult it was to beg the utility companies to keep our services on and to figure out the best way to spend our last $13.00 or so of unemployment on a weeks worth of groceries.

By hosting this giveaway, its my way of showing some love and grace to those who really need it. Of course, I feel like I cannot tackle this alone. I would love get as many of those children diapered as possible...so I am asking for your help.

Here's how:

1) DONATE!

* You can give a monetary donation in any amount (no amount is too little!) by clicking here. 100% of the money collected will be used to purchase one-size diaper covers, pre-folds, and pins for this program...and yes, you do have the option of printing a tax deductible receipt!

* Send brand new or gently used diapers (in working condition) to this address :

Tomahawk Mission
1669 Sullivan Lane
Bardstown, Ky 40004

You can also send other cloth diapering items such as cloth diaper pins, Snappi's, and wipes, and cloth friendly detergents as well.

2) PURCHASE

Make a purchase from any of my affiliate links on the right hand side of my blog and 100% of the commission that I make will be used to purchase cloth diapers for this program!

3) SPONSOR - Calling all retailers and gifted artisans!

I would like to reward my blog readers with some prizes for sharing this event via Facebook and Twitter. I am in need of products for a grandprize package and a few other seperate prizes. The giveaway portion of this diaper drive will begin on November 1st and run until November 30th.

I will also be hosting an auction on my Facebook page to raise money to purchase diaper covers and pre-folds. If you would like to offer an item for this auction, please contact me. The auction portion of this diaper drive event is scheduled to take place during the month of November.

* I would also LOVE to have a sponsor or two for a blogger prize to reward the blogger(s) who get the most bloggers to sign up for the giveaway event! Examples could be : gift certificates, store credit, Paypal cash, gift cards, etc.

Sponsors for the giveaway will also be given up to 5 links (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, newsletter signup, etc.) of their choosing on the giveaway Rafflecopter form.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event please e-mail me (Alanna) at leettlehandsandfeet@gmail.com with either "Giveaway Sponsor","Auction Sponsor", or "Blogger Prize Sponsor" in the subject line.

4) BLOGGERS

Be on the look out for the opportunity to have your blog links added to the giveaway Rafflecopter form. As soon as I have a better idea of what the prizes may be, I will have a sign up form and event button available. Price for links is $5 for both Facebook and Twitter, $1 for each additional link of your choosing (Pinterest, e-mail, Networked Blogs, etc. - sorry, no Google+). You can also purchase a host page for $5.00 and you will get an additional link for free. 100% of the fees collected will be used to purchase diaper covers for this event. I will also provide a free link (Facebook or Twitter) opportunity for bloggers who post the event sign up.

Be sure to join the Facebook group here to keep updated on this event.

5) SHARE!

This option is completely free and requires very little effort. Simply click on the social media buttons below to share this post. You never know, the minute that it takes to share could help us send more diapers!

6) PRAY

Also completely free and requiring little time. I want nothing more than to help diaper these 100 children (and more!) and I truly believe in the power of prayer and ask that you join me to make this happen - with God all things are possible!

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” - Matthew 21:22 NIV

I would love to take the opportunity ahead of time to thank all of those involved and who will participate in this diaper drive! I truly cannot wait to see the fruits of this labor and hope that we can help diaper as many of these children as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at: leettlehandsandfeet@gmail.com

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

~ Alanna :-)

1 comment:

  1. Tomahawk Sustainment Mission is thrilled about the Fall Diaper Drive! This is a fantastic opportunity to help the environment and low income families. Thanks to Alanna, and Leettle Hands And Feet, we are able to move forward on one of the biggest goals this year!

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