Have you ever wanted to donate cloth diapers to a worthwhile cause? Well you can! There are lots of great cloth diaper charities that collect new and used diapers to help other families get started while managing the up-front costs of purchasing diapers. As part of our second annual Choose Your Charity Event, which runs from November 10 to 25, 2013, we're helping to build awareness about cloth diaper charities that collect and distribute new and used cloth diapers to families who need help with the initial costs of purchasing diapers.
We'd like to introduce you to a wonderful charitable organization called Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. Kristen McCarthy, Founder & Chairwoman, shared more about this organization for our charity spotlight!
Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is a non-profit organization that provides education, support and cloth diapers to low income families in the continental United States. This enables families to conserve money that would have been spent on disposable diapers and use it towards other necessary expenses. It also reduces the environmental impact that disposable diapers have on landfills. We are devoted to a greener planet and empowering families and thus, primarily focus on cloth diapers.
Giving Diapers, Giving Hope serves the entire continental U.S.A!
We have sent diapers to more than 300 families in approximately two years.
We use the federal poverty guidelines for our qualifications. So basically, this means that if you can qualify for WIC in your state, you would qualify for our program.
We provide each client with 12-14 diapers per child, depending on age. Clients who are not local are responsible for paying shipping costs to send diapers to them and then back to us when they are done using the diapers. Our shipping costs are $35.
We are always looking for donations of cloth diapers, cloth diaper
accessories, wet bags and of course financial donations are always
needed. Donations can be made through Paypal on our website.
Kristen McCarthy, Founder and Chairwoman says, "I always knew that cloth diapering my children would save me money but I never realized how important saving money was going to be for me."
Driven by Her Own Experience
"In only a few short months, I had gotten pregnant with my second child, found out I would be laid off of my teaching job at the end of the school year, broke up with my children’s father, lost my house due to not being able to afford the mortgage, and was forced to move out of state to live with my parents.
I though that I was having a difficult financial time then, but this past December my unemployment ran out and I still hadn’t found a job yet. And due to technicalities with the house I owned, I wasn’t even eligible for welfare and still wasn’t receiving any child support from my ex. I literally had NO money coming in. It was devastating.
As I was carrying on with my day to day life caring for my
children, I realized it was time to wash the diapers. As I was throwing
my cloth diapers into the washing machine I thought to myself, “Thank
goodness I cloth diaper because if I didn’t I wouldn’t even know how I
could buy my children diapers!”
Then I started to think, what WOULD other people do if they were in a similar situation and DIDN’T cloth diaper? How would they diaper their children?"
And Inspired by Others
"About a week or so later I encountered an article talking about how some low income families are struggling to diaper their children due to financial reasons, so they are leaving their children in the diapers longer than they should, or they are rinsing out the disposable diapers and putting them back on their babies. This is a awful thought because it isn’t healthy for the babies to be exposed to their own excrement for too long, or to be exposed to the harsh chemicals in disposable diapers."
Giving Diapers, Giving Hope was Born
"This all lead me to start a non-profit foundation called “Giving Diapers, Giving Hope”, which lends cloth diapers to low income families to help lessen the burden of diapering their babies and hopefully put the money they save towards bills, food and clothing. I run this organization with a close friend, Emily Glover, who is just as passionate about the cause.
We are still in the beginning stages of our non-profit but we have already received a lot of support. We have gotten a good amount of donations, but we obviously are still needing more so we can help as many families as possible. Along with providing diapers to needy families, we are also providing cloth diapering education and support for the duration of the family borrowing the diapers. Our hope is that it is as positive experience as possible for each family. We are also going to try to provide them with as many cloth diapering accessories as possible, such as wetbags, snappi’s, cloth diaper detergent, etc. As of our current inventory, we have not received any of this from donations, so we would really benefit from these donations, or monetary donations so we can provide these accessories to our clients.
This is a really exciting project for me because it obviously hits very close to home. I am aware that some of the people we are helping might be in a better financial situation than I am, but there are many ways we can be struggling. Even though I am still struggling financially, having the Giving Diapers, Giving Hope Foundation has given me so much hope, regardless of my financial situation and I hope that by helping out other struggling families and by alleviating some of their financial stress, this will provide them with hope as well."
If you'd like to donate cloth diapers, or would like to get in contact with Kristen and her team of volunteers, here's some contact information:
Giving Diapers Giving Hope
8 Beckford St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
Thanks, Kristen, for sharing your inspiring story, and for all of your hard work in helping other families to discover and save money with cloth diapers.
If you know of a cloth diaper charity that we should feature, please let us know! It's easy, just contact us with a quick note!
To find out how you can be involved in our Choose Your Charity Contest, which runs from November 10 to 25, please visit our Choose Your Charity Event.
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