Cloth diapers ready to meet a baby in need
More than a Diaper: Mary's Story
Mary* is a local Mom with two infant children. The domestic abuse started slowly, and over time became worse and worse. With a controlling husband (both physically and financially), Mary found herself in a desperate, dire situation. She took her two children, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and left. Being financially destitute, she and her young children are in a dire situation. Through our partnership with The Metta Birth Project, they received two sets of cloth diapers.
For them, this means not having to worry about where the next diapers will come from. While disposable diaper banks do exist, for Mary, they are not an easy option. Disposable diaper banks limit how many you can have per visit (usually 7 to 14 per child), and are limited to two visits a month. This also doesn't include travel time and cost, as well as waiting time (usually an hour per visit). Because of your generous support, diapers are no longer a worry for Mary and her children. The gift of 2 cloth diaper kits will meet the entire diapering needs for both of her children. The impact for Mary runs much deeper than the financial savings, it's a feeling of security and peace. It's one less worry for her. One basic need met, so she can then focus her time and energy on her next steps up and out of her current situation. These might just be diapers, but for Mary and her children, it truly is so much more than a diaper.
Solving Diaper Need for Our Veterans
In addition to The Metta Birth Project, we are excited to announce another local collaboration. This new Diaper Drop is in partnership with The Center for Suicide Awareness, and will provide cloth diapers to the babies of local veterans in the Fox Valley experiencing diaper need (defined as the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry and healthy).
The Center for Suicide Awareness works one on one with individuals, including veterans, whose lives are impacted by suicide. They work with an average of 40 veterans a year who have young children and are experiencing the reality of having to choose between food & diapers. These veterans tend to be suffering from PTSD and other traumatic illnesses; a sad peril, despite the fact they chose to risk their lives and serve our country.
Beyond Our Borders: La Mesa del Reino
At the end of March, cloth diapers headed south to Peru, a country near and dear to our hearts. It was a visit to an orphanage in Peru that ignited the passion in our founders to do something to help those who have to choose between food & diapers. Our newest Diaper Drop in Peru is at La Mesa del Reino.
For our five special needs friends at La Mesa del Reino in Peru, the gift of cloth diapers means no more rags as diapers. No more choosing between food & diapers. This is a new Diaper Drop for us, made possible by you! La Mesa del Reino is a Christian ministry working in one of the poorest areas just outside of Lima, Peru. Imagine the impact in quality of life for not only the recipient, but caregiver as well.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for the ministry of Jake's Diapers. The work we do would not be possible without you! We ARE solving diaper need, one cloth diaper at a time.
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