I read an article on the Huffington Post that caught my attention. In the United States, the National Diaper Bank Network is declaring September 10-17 as National Diaper Need Awareness Week. This is a good thing.
These banks, of course, focus on giving disposable diapers to needy families. The reality is that diapers are a necessity, and it’s a necessity not covered by WIC, EBT, or any other sort of welfare in the States. It’s a valuable service. Not having enough diapers inhibits a mother’s ability to go to work (no diapers, no day care). Not having enough diapers means that a baby will have to sit in a soiled diaper longer in order to stretch those resources.
Disposables aren’t the only kind of diaper out there. They also aren’t the only type of diaper out there that is needed but disadvantaged families are unable to afford.
I think that cloth diaper addicts should recognize National Diaper Need Awareness Week. However, don’t limit your donations to disposable diapers. It turns out that there are actually cloth diaper lending charities and groups out there that will loan a cloth diaper stash to a qualifying family. When the child is no longer in need of those cloth diapers, the stash is returned to the charity, rehabbed, and then passed on to the next needy qualifying family.
I’m fortunate that I can afford my own cloth diaper addiction. But I do know that not everyone is equally fortunate. That’s why for National Diaper Need Awareness Week, I’ll be donating to the cloth diaper lending charity in my area: Cloth for a Cause.
On top of that, for every diaper that I receive for a review, I will donate either that diaper to Cloth for a Cause or another diaper. (Either from my stash of existing diapers or buy them a new one.)
If you have diapers that are in need of repair (broken snaps, elastics in need of replacement) and you’re just not interested in doing so, contact your local charity. Chances are very, very good that someone involved in the charity will be able to repair it in order to loan out to someone who needs diapers. If you don’t have any diapers that you’d like to give away but some that need repairing, they may do the repair work for a donation. Or keep an eye out for the necessary elastics to repair cloth diapers. Any sort of donations related to using cloth diapers can only help.