Would you Help a Mother Out?
Fabulous mom bloggers in about a dozen cities nation-wide will be hosting diaper drives during the month of May in honor of Mother’s Day.
When my playgroup sponsored a mom at a women’s shelter this past Holiday season, at the top of her wish list, along with the expected warm clothing and toys for the baby, were “diapers”. We were puzzled…surely some agency covered diapers?
Help a Mother Out cofounders, Lisa Truong and Rachel Fudge, made a similar discovery earlier in 2009 when they reached out to their area homeless shelters. They learned that the number-one need was not baby blankets, clothing, or even food but diapers—which are not covered under social-safety net programs like WIC or food stamps.
Something as simple as a diaper can make a huge difference for a family who has limited access to a laundry facility. And babies who sit in dirty diapers are often cranky babies–placing them at increased risk for abuse. Babies may even develop health complications from sitting for long periods in wet or dirty diapers. HAMO seeks to break this cycle.
Join Us in Helping Babies…One Bottom at a Time
I’m hosting a diaper drive “Craft for a Cause” event out on Long Island and two other Bloganthropy.org board members are hosting in other cities. If you are in San Francisco, San Mateo, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix, Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia, New York City, Riverhead (Long Island, NY), New Haven, or Seattle, there is an event near you!
I hope you will be inspired to spread the word, organize your own diaper drives, and donate supplies to your local shelters and food pantries!