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Mar 11, 2019

Helping Families Unlock the Poverty Cycle

Locked in generational poverty. 

That’s how Dawn Hicks of the Focus on Babies Diaper Resource Center of West Plains, Missouri, describes the majority of the families they serve.

“Over the years as manufacturing jobs have been lost, we have seen low-paying service jobs become the mainstay for the majority of low-skilled workers in the area, leading to the difficulty of earning a living wage,” she said. 

“Working multiple jobs to make ends meet is common,” she continued. “Affordable childcare is hard to find and maternity leave is almost nonexistent. Eighty percent of students in the West Plains Schools qualify for free and reduced lunch. There is little access to public transportation and owning and maintaining a vehicle is an expense beyond the means of many, especially those who are earning minimum wage.”

Dawn connected with Jake’s Diapers late in 2018 to join as a Diaper Drop partner and extend their ability to serve the local Missouri families. Dawn said they had received about 20 cloth diaper kits in early 2016, and have wanted to expand that program since – but have not had the funds or resources.

“As of October (2018) we have distributed over 86,000 disposable diapers and we would love to get more cloth diapers to families to reduce the monthly need and to help our environment,” Dawn said. ““Using cloth diapers helps our local families to redirect funds that would be spent on disposables, besides being more environment-friendly.”

We’re happy to add Focus on Babies Diaper Resource Center to our list of Diaper Drop Partners and have already shipped products to the organization. Dawn said it’s already made an impact, and shared one comment from a recipient.

“I am a grandma, I have my granddaughter 4 to 7 days and nights per week,” the recipient said. ”I am disabled. Her dad is not well and lives with me, and money is tight.  This will help.”

 

About Our Diaper Drop Partners

Focus on Babies Diaper Resource Center is just one of our many Diaper Drop partners Jake’s Diapers features regularly to shed light on the stories of the people we serve in order to increase awareness about the impact a donation of hygiene products can have on a single individual.

Thanks for helping babies! 

~ Stephanie

Mar 8, 2019

Hope after Florence

The impact of diapers goes so much further than a diaper. Thanks to you, hundreds of families devastated by Florence have one less worry- how am I going to diaper my baby? 

One Mom recently shared her story:

I am so thankful that you helped us during our hour of need. I never expected to be in that situation, and Florence was a doozie for many, including us. I am so thankful that the stress of diapering my children was lifted off my shoulders while we were dealing with home repairs, having a new baby, and finding a place to live. You really were a godsend. Thank you a million times over. 

Mar 8, 2019

Thanks for helping babies!

It’s a pretty typical scene: a young child in a family with two working parents. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, but of course, things can always change … and change is often abrupt.

“My husband had to find a new job and my hours were cut all in the same week,” the mother wrote to us. “We knew we were counting down the days until our last disposable diaper, so I went to a local thrift store and found 2 cloth diapers. There were in pretty bad shape so we have been dealing with soaked clothes every couple hours.”

When the diapers weren’t through the wash in time, she said they’ve found other innovative ways to get by, such as wrapping a kitchen towel around a cloth prefold.

Thankfully, this family found out about our Individual Aid program launched in late 2018. We provide cloth diapers on loan, with the expectation of the family using them as long as they need to and then returning them. We then sanitize them, repair them, and pass them along to another family. 

“We never thought that we would have to choose between food or diapers, but we did,” she wrote. “I find comfort knowing that Jake’s Diaper’s box is on its way to rescue me from this awful last two weeks of diapering.” 

As a bonus, she told us she’s at least happy this experience opened her to the world of cloth diapering … something they hadn’t considered when everything was typical just weeks before. 

It’s because of wonderful supporters like you that we’re able to make this individual impact. Thanks for helping Veterans and their babies! 

~ Stephanie

 
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