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Jul 22, 2019

Community Remembers Carr Fire, With a Dozen Extra Little Ones in Tow

It probably comes as no surprise that we love babies here at Jake’s Diapers, and so a recent news report about the birth of 12 babies within a single fire department this year caught our attention.

Nine families in Redding, California, welcomed little ones over the last year - three families adding a set of twins, according to this report on WHDH.com. Their fathers all actively battled wildfires in the area in 2018, and thanks to you, we helped diaper babies impacted by the same wildfires these firefighters fought. 

The one-year anniversary of the Carr Fire, a disaster that impacted Redding and communities nearby, is this month (July 2019). 

"Our community's been through a lot in a year,” said Kim, in the KRCRTV report. “A year ago, this town was a very harrowing and frightening place to be, and so we want to honor what we've been through, and a year later to also recognize really amazing generosity, compassion and grit of the whole community, and kind of close the door to one year, one year behind us." 

Disaster recovery is a long-term effort and we’re just one piece of the puzzle. Thanks to all those who support us in the cause, and to the others who help those in need. 

Through you, we stand ready to help when the next disaster strikes. Thanks for all you do to make the world a better place. 

~ Stephanie

 

About Our Disaster Relief Efforts: Jake’s Diapers recognizes that every person is one disaster away from living in a situation that restricts access to basic necessities. We respond when disaster strikes, understanding the need to be clean and healthy after displacement or destruction. Supporting people impacted in this way restores hope and dignity while creating the opportunity to enjoy a better quality of life as they rebuild and recover.

Jul 9, 2019

Haiti

We hear stories of tragedy, struggle, and loss. It may impact us for a moment but we’re able to cuddle back into our cozy lives and carry on with every day.

And while these stories can compel us to make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering, there’s no stronger way to understand the need, than to see it first hand.

Nicki, Owner/CEO of Nicki’s Diapers, one of Jake’s Diapers most valued business partners, traveled along with Jake’s to visit Real Hope for Haiti, one of our Diaper Drop partners. She said while the country and people are beautiful, she was also moved by the difficult despair.

“I knew there was need. But seeing that need, holding that need, loving that need has made (the work we do) even more meaningful,” said Nicki. “I plan to go back and bring each of my children when they are teens. I feel like this experience can help shape their lives as they are making decisions about their futures. It will give them a better view of what matters and what is important.”

The group stayed at Real Hope for Haiti’s malnutrition clinic, an experience Nicki said was truly life-changing.

“I feel in love with the babies and children! I continue to think about them daily,” she said. “In a world full of wealth, how can we let the youngest and most vulnerable suffer unnecessarily?  Haitians are some of the most resilient people I have ever met and they are inspiring!”

Nicki expressed gratitude for the people behind Real Hope for Haiti and the difference they are making in the lives of those they serve.

“Real Hope for Haiti is a selfless organization that does more good than anyone realizes,” she said. “It was a joy to watch this kind of love in action and helped restore my faith in humankind.”

 

Jul 8, 2019

Beyond Bandaids?

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, conditions were so drastic that some families fled stateside where other forms of support were more prominent.

Among those, Cristina left with her husband and three children to Connecticut to start anew, according to a Journal Inquirer article.

“It’s been a nomadic two years, bouncing from a hotel, to a church shelter, and finally to their current East Hartford apartment,” the article says, “but ultimately, Cristina said moving here was a good decision as her family received aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Salvation Army, and other organizations during the transition.”

Still today, Omar Marrero, the head of recovery in Puerto Rico, said that some 30,000 homes are protected by blue tarps instead of the roofs ripped off during the storm and not yet replaced, according to an article on Vice.com

This June, Congress passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to help areas hit by disaster, including Puerto Rico. But Marrero told VICE news the $1.5 billion portion that the territory will receive is not going to resolve what’s left of recovery efforts.

“I think that the fact that we are not a state has essentially given the platform for the Administration to give a different and unfair treatment to Puerto Rico,” Omar Marrero, the head of recovery in Puerto Rico, told VICE News. “Without proper funds, Puerto Rico has been slapping bandaids on things, building only temporary infrastructure.”

Much of those who lived in Puerto Rico struggled to afford basic needs before the storm, and Jake’s Diapers continues to work with local residents to supply diapers and other basic hygiene necessities to the populations most in need.

About Our Efforts in Puerto Rico: Jake’s Diapers is on a mission to ensure every person in Puerto Rico who relies on the support of diapers or period products has access to these hygiene essentials. Through a trusted network of local Puerto Rican community based organizations, Jake’s Diapers is solving hygiene needs in culturally appropriate ways with an emphasis on reusable items. We currently have 11 diaper drops in Puerto Rico, and that list is continually growing.

 
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