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Jul 8, 2019

Helping Mothers Out

Across the country, 62% of working moms headed to their jobs are also raising infants at home, according to the National Diaper Bank Network.

Beyond dealing with the regular exhaustion that comes from tending to the demanding needs of a wee one, one in three U.S. moms suffer from diaper need, also according to NDBN. That’s a lot of working moms struggling to make ends meet. 

Most childcare facilities require parents to provide diapers for their children, meaning struggling to provide diapers also creates a hurdle when moms need to get to work.

“Nationally, 57% of parents experiencing diaper need who rely on childcare said they missed an average of four days of school or work in the past month because they didn’t have diapers,” according to the Wisconsin Diaper Facts sheet on NDBN.

Four missed days of work or school because of a lack of diapers. 

Jake’s Diapers launched its Direct Aid diaper loan program in 2018 to serve more of these individuals in need. 

For example, one mom who benefitted from our national Direct Aid loan program let us know how the donation transformed her diaper changing experience.

“You sent us diapers a few weeks ago,” she said. “I was in shock at the box and then in tears seeing inside. Every time I change my daughter, I feel so much love knowing so many people cared enough to help me put clean, comfortable diapers on my daughter. Even my older children love the diapers. Such cute and beautiful colors.”

About Our National Efforts: Jake’s Diapers provides reusable options to members of the National Diaper Bank Network to supplement their work with single-use items. We also maintain partnerships with a network of organizations throughout the United States to support their efforts to help others live clean, healthy and prosperous lives. In late 2018, we also launched a direct aid cloth diaper loan program for individual applicants in the U.S.

Jul 8, 2019

Introducing a new Diaper Drop!

More than half of those trapped in domestic abuse situations in Brown County are at risk of being killed by their abusive partner. That’s according to a 2018 assessment by Brown County authorities responding to domestic abuse situations, as reported on WBAY.com. 

It’s no surprise that someone would want to leave this situation – but getting out is difficult. Fleeing a domestic abuse situation can result in homelessness, and Jessica  of Wise Women Gathering Place in Green Bay said the nonprofit spends a lot of their time helping families in this scenario.

“Many times this can include financial abuse, limiting access to obtaining jobs, or restricting available funds for families to make purchases for needed items such as personal care items,” she said.

WWGP provides resources and support to guide individuals out of these difficult times, and recently joined as a Diaper Drop partner with Jake’s Diapers.

“We have received our first donation of diapers and feminine products this month,” Jessica said. “When we have these resources available on hand for families that need them, it frees up our emergency funds so families can have their dollars go further to spend on other items they need, too, such as food and gas for transportation.”

Wise Women Gathering Place is located near the Oneida Reservation and the Green Bay airport. The nonprofit is “committed to peace, respect and belonging through skill building, sharing of resources and caring support for our community,” Jessica said.

“We work to accomplish our mission with unique, responsive programming for community restoration, growth through skill-building, individual and confidential supportive advocacy, and by courageously going deep within to find change, healing the whole self, and coming together of community.”

About Our Diaper Drop Partners
Wise Women Gathering Place is just one of our many Diaper Drop partners. Jake’s Diapers features these partners 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. 

Jun 5, 2019

"We were all stuck, just stuck."

Shortly before Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina September 2018, Alicia, a former Marine, had packed her family and whatever essential belongings they could decide in a matter of hours, to travel to stay with her parents in Tennessee.

Alicia and her husband have two children with special needs, and were expecting their third child, with her due date approaching within a month after the hurricane’s predicted arrival. 

“We couldn’t chance me staying at home, especially at a category 4,” she said. “My husband had to stay behind because of work. It was a difficult decision, but what we felt was safest and best for our family with the information we had available to us.”

The storm brought more rain in a few days than normally hits the state in months, Alicia said. It caused so much flooding that her town was like an island. 

“There was no way in or out,” she said. “My next door neighbors stayed and you couldn’t get anywhere, we were surrounded by water in every direction within a miles distance. They were trapped in and we were all trapped out. A road could be clear and within thirty minutes it would be completely washed away. Travel was scary and unpredictable in that first week or so after the initial impact.”

After about a week, Alicia’s husband found a way out by chance and took it. The road he traveled to her was flooded less than an hour after he left.

“It was a hopeless feeling,” she said.

When her family evacuated their home, they had to make quick decisions about what to bring and leave behind. 

“When we evacuated, we could only bring what would fit in my van and my husband’s car,” she said. “Clothing, memories, toys, etc. — and those decisions had to be made within a couple of hours, it wasn’t something that we could plan.  … I brought the newborn clothes for the baby, but left our special needs sized fluff (cloth diapers) and one size fluff because there was no room.”

It wasn’t possible for Alicia to return home and await her baby’s arrival – the hospitals near their house were inaccessible and damaged. Alicia and her family used Jake’s Diapers Individual Aid cloth diaper loan program to make it through those difficult months.

“It was safer to deliver away from home, which still makes me sad,” she said. “After baby was born and healthy, we moved in with my in-laws. As far as support, there wasn’t much out there, people love to help the first week or two after a disaster, but then quickly disappear, the problem is that there was so much damage, that there was still so much to be done after that first couple of weeks. We leaned on family for emotional support and worked hard.”

About 3.5 months after their abrupt departure, Alicia and her family returned to their home. They needed a new roof, mold mitigation, new floors, ceilings and walls. It still needs minor repairs but it is livable and safe, she said. 

“The diapers (from Jake’s Diapers) helped cut expenses, it was especially helpful due to the added expenses of having to rebuild, replace and live in shelter other than our home,” she said.

Despite everything, Alicia feels blessed to be back under her own roof.

“It was … challenging finding a legitimate contractor who could fix all of these things,” she said. “There was so much wide spread damage, that there are still homes that haven’t been touched 6 months later. We are lucky to have our home.”

Thank you for helping Alicia and many other families like hers. 

~ Stephanie

 
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