Diaper Need and How you can help | #flatschallenge Day 5

It's Day 5 of the 2019 Flats and Handwashing Challenge! If you're new to the Challenge, please read more about what's going on this week as families all over the world will be diapering their babies with flat diapers and handwashing for a whole week. Today's topic is open for participants to choose whatever they'd like to discuss. I'll be focusing on diaper need and how you can help (or get help!). Many other participants are focusing on topics related to handwashing or flat diapers. So be sure to check out the #flatschallenge hashtag on social media today. 

The Flats and Handwashing Challenge was started 9 years ago by Kim Rosas of Dirty Diaper Laundry as a way to show that flat cloth diapers and hand washing are real solutions for families that struggle with diaper need. Many families are unable to provide diapers for their baby due to financial constraints. 

One in three families struggle to provide diapers for their babies. Often times these families may not change a diaper as often as needed or may try to reuse a dirty diaper. It's hard enough to be a parent. I can't imagine having the added stress of not being able to provide the necessary basics for a child. This is a real problem and there are ways you can help!

There are diaper banks all over the country. Many provide disposable diapers to families in need. And while this is a very helpful solution, it is short term. Disposable diapers must be thrown away and the need is still very much a problem. With cloth diapers, a family can receive a one time donation that solves the problem of diaper need in their home. 

Jake's Diapers has a great way you can help right now with the Great CoverUp Diaper Drive!

The Great CoverUp Diaper Drive is being organized by the Eastern Wisconsin Diaper Bank, which is a program of Jake’s Diapers, in conjunction with dozens of businesses and organizations in Brown and Winnebago counties.

Why a diaper drive? The need for a reliable, low cost or free diaper supply is very real for thousands of local families living in poverty or who are considered ALICE (Asset‐limited, income constrained, employed). According to the National Diaper Bank, one in three U.S. moms report suffering from diaper need. Diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month; babies need 6‐10 diapers per day.

Diaper need impacts the physical, mental and economic well‐being of children and parents. Most child care centers require parents to provide a day's supply of disposable diapers. If parents don’t have access to an adequate diaper supply, it impacts a child’s health and well‐being as well as a parent’s ability to work or go to school. No federal safety net programs (WIC, food stamps, etc.) cover the cost of diapers. Imagine needing diapers for your child, but not being able to afford them. What would you do? With a focus on families during the time between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it’s a perfect opportunity to help those in need of diapers.

If you'd like to help in your area, I encourage you to seek out a local diaper bank (or start one yourself!). There are many Share the Love locations throughout the US and GroVia Gives provides diapers on a national level as well.

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