Oops, it’s been soo long since I’ve posted. I have a new quinoa recipe and five favorites post drafts that are close to being ready, but I have spent all my free time the past few weeks working on something near and dear to my heart – a diaper drive!
I read this very sad article last month about the need for diaper donations. I had no idea diapers can’t be purchased with food stamps and are not provided by WIC. The thought of little babies sitting in dirty diapers for too long and moms trying to reuse dirty disposable diapers made me teary. I can only imagine how stressful it would be for both babies and parents. Having a little one is hard enough, without having to worry about where to find the over $100 a month it costs to buy diapers.
So, I decided to try and do something about it! I posted on the Somerville Moms Yahoo Listserv group, which is a popular parenting forum in my town, about my idea to organize a diaper drive and joined forces with another mom, Aimee. We’ve been working on the logistics of the drive ever since!
I’m so excited to share that our Our First Annual Somerville Diaper Drive will be held from Saturday, September 14 to Sunday, September 29! All donated diapers will be given to the Somerville WIC office, and the WIC personnel will screen applicants and make sure the diapers go to those who need them most.
We will have collection boxes manned by amazing Somerville Mom volunteers at several stores, library branches, and daycares in Somerville. You can check out more details on our website.
We have also created a diaper registry on amazon for those who would like to help but aren’t able to drop off diapers.
We’ve already collected over 1100 diapers and the drive hasn’t even officially started yet! I really hope our drive is a huge success and that we can make this an annual event. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our volunteers and to those who have donated diapers!! We also really appreciate those who can help us spread the word about this event on blogs and/or social media!
Every baby deserves a dry and healthy diaper-rash free bottom!