Will you accept the #GivingHope Challenge to help fight the #diaperneed?
September 7, 2014 8:30:00 AM EDT
Do you have a cloth diaper that just doesn't get much love? Maybe you have one that's in good condition, but just isn't your favorite brand or style... one that sits at the bottom of the diaper bag, or at the back of the stack... I know I do. A few, actually. Three perfectly good diapers, just taking up space in my son's closet. I've decided these diapers need to go, and there's no better time than right now.
This week, September 8th through the 14th, is Diaper Awareness Week. The National Diaper Bank Network started this event to bring attention to the diaper need in here in the United States. A staggering ONE IN THREE families struggle to afford clean diapers for their babies. There is no government assistance to help low income families afford diapers, leaving some families with the difficult choice of paying the bills and buying diapers.
Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is an organization that provides free cloth diapers to low-income families for just the cost of shipping. Since 2011, they have helped over 600 families and have shipped nearly 11,000 reusable cloth diapers, allowing those families to put the money that would've been spent on diapers towards other essentials.
GDGH runs solely on donations and needs your help! They're holding a #GivingHope diaper drive this week to help raise awareness about the #diaperneed and provide even more families with the diapers they desperately need. They're challenging YOU to pick just ONE cloth diaper in good used condition (or new condition) to donate.
To inspire others, Giving Diapers, Giving Hope encourages you to post a photo of yourself on Instagram with a diaper in an envelope addressed to their organization, and the hashtags #diaperneed and #givinghope included in the comments. Much like other challenges you may have seen, GDGH asks that you to tag three friends to help spread the word and encourage others to donate!
If you follow the special instuctions on GDGH's website >>click here to go to that post<<, your generosity may be rewarded! To show their appreciation, GDGH will randomly select some of the donors to grant with Random Acts of Kindness. These random acts may include rewarding those selected with new cloth diapers (maybe even a Spence or Marie!), accessories, or E-gifts from supporting companies! Be sure to check out the post on Giving Diapers, Giving Hope's website for all the details!
It warms my heart to think that diapers that I didn't really have much use for, that were just taking up space in my son's closet, will be going to a family who really needs and will appreciate them. Sure, I thought about selling them, but when I think about how much money cloth diapering has saved my family over these past two years, I want to pay it foward. Just imagining these diapers being used on a sweet little squish, and the relief they may bring to that family, that's a feeling money can't buy.
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Will you be accepting the #GivingHope Challenge?
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Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN.