Fall Diaper Drive
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.
* You can give a monetary donation in any amount (no amount is too little!) by clicking on the orange DONATE button on the left hand side of this page under the "Give The Gift Of Fluff" heading. 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 :
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.
The Little Bee Co. has graciously offered to send one cloth diaper to the Tomahawk Sustainment Mission for EACH diaper purchased from their website during this event...this even applies to their cloth diaper packages! Just be sure to include "LoveAppalachia" in the comment section when making your order. Shop now at http://thelittlebeeco.com/
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!
You can also bid on items in the Fall 2012 Cloth Diaper Drive auction on the Leettle Baby Facebook page HERE! 100% of all profit collected from this auction will be used to purchase cloth diapers for the cloth diaper program.
3) SPONSOR - Calling all retailers and gifted artisans!
I am still in need of items for the weekly fundraiser auction that is currently running on my Facebook page. 100% of the profits made from this auction will be used to purchase diaper covers and pre-folds for the Tomahawk Sustainment Mission. If you would like to offer an item for this auction, please contact me. The auction portion of this diaper drive event will run all month long.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event please e-mail me (Alanna) at email@example.com with "Auction Sponsor" in the subject line.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
~ Alanna :-)