While we all know that November/Movember is the month of the moustache, I'm taking things in a different direction for the next 30 days.
Sebastian may be well passed the diaper stage, but I still remember the extraordinary expense they cost us each month. I've done this once before, and I'm determined again to help out mothers in need by donating diapers to The Diaper Bank and raising awareness about the need for diaper donations.
The Diaper Bank of Toronto shares some pretty startling facts about the need for diapers. Here are a few:
- 1 in 5 Canadian moms have experienced diaper need. (In Toronto, the number is closer to 1 in 4.)
- 24% of Canadian moms cut back on clothing so they can buy diapers. Even worse, 16% cut back on food.
- Babies are kept in wet and dirty diapers for extended periods of time, leading to increased fussiness and irritation. In extreme cases, babies are using diapers for a full day or disposable diapers that have been cleaned or dried out.
- This may also lead to babies who cry more, have worse diaper rash, and may be at greater risk for developing infections.
- A mother's physical and emotional well-being suffers. They report feeling guilty, stressed, like a 'bad mother', frustrated, and anxious.
Two years ago I held my first diaper drive with the goal of collecting 1000 diapers. Thanks to the generosity of my friends and family, I was able to collect and donate 1402!! So this year I'm aiming higher. My goal is to collect 1500 diapers for donation by November 30th.
The diapers can be new packages, opened packages, or even just loose diapers. Any size will do. Unfortunately, cloth diapers are not realistic alternatives for families experiencing diaper need so only disposable diapers are accepted by the Diaper Bank.
If you'd like to participate (and I hope you do!), you can give the diapers right to Rob or I when you see us, pass them along to someone who will be seeing one of us this month, or you can drop them off at the door of our house if we're not there. I love doing this drive in November because I'm so happy to know that a few more moms in the city will be able to spend less time worrying about diapers over the upcoming holidays and be able to spend more time making amazing memories with their little ones.
So bring me your diapers (or even plan your own diaper drive) and help a mother out!
PS - If you are in the US, check out the National Diaper Bank Network for information on how you can donate as well!