This week is Diaper Awareness Week - Sept. 28 through Oct. 4. Before we started this business, we weren't even aware such a week existed. And then it floated past our radar one day...so we started reading. And learning. And sadly realizing how many families and children struggle with a basic supply that so many of us take for granted every day.
Can you truly imagine having to choose between clean diapers for your child and dinner on the table or paying the bills? Sadly these type of decisions affect 1 in 3 American families...
Did you know that families can't buy disposable diapers with public assistance programs like WIC or SNAP?
8% of mothers admit to leaving their child in a dirty diaper as long as possible in order to make diaper supplies stretch.
The statistics go on. It's really quite eye opening and heart wrenching. And so we were moved to make a difference in our tiny little corner of the online world. A cornerstone of BumRite Diapers is to give back to our communities in which we live and work and helping to alleviate Diaper Need is a no-brainer way to do this.
And so we are proud to announce that BumRite Diapers has partnered with the fabulous non-profit Share The Love to be a host-site for Northern California.
Share The Love was founded by Cotton Babies CEO, Jennifer Labit. It's a fabulous program that connects families in need with regional host sites who distribute cloth diapers to the qualifying families. The cloth diaper loans are free to these families and families can keep the diapers up to 3 years. Host sites also serve as a support system for these families, providing education and cloth diaper support.
Cloth diapers can make a HUGE difference in families who have limited income. Cloth diapers can save a family $2500-$4000 over disposable diapers!! Not to mention all the other cloth diaper benefits near and dear to our heart like health of the baby (no chemicals!) and healthier environments.
It's such a great program and we're thrilled to be partnering with them on this fabulous cause.
Now here's where it gets really fun...
During Diaper Awareness Week - now!! - BumRite Diapers will be donating 1 new cloth diaper for every diaper purchased on our site this week. Have you been thinking of upgrading some of your stash or buying some diapers for a friend? This is the week to do it!! Every diaper you purchase will buy another diaper for a family in need.
Another way you can help? If you have used cloth diapers you no longer need or use, you can donate them to Share The Love through BumRite Diapers. These donated diapers will go into the Northern California cloth diaper base and help comprise our NorCal stash that gets loaned to families in need. Your donations will go directly back into your community. If you would like to donate diapers, please contact us directly and we'll provide you with more details on collection sites/donation drop offs.
Let's get involved. Let's give back. Let's help our communities with a basic need...happy bums make happy babies who can't help but make happier communities.
Want to learn more? Go here to learn more about cloth diaper need and Share The Love.
(Although associated with a different cloth diaper bank than Share The Love, this is a fantastically done video by Dirty Diaper Laundry that highlights #DiaperNeed. We loved it and quite frankly was the impetus that moved us to get involved. https://player.vimeo.com/video/138636933 )
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