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California Wildfire Relief: Helping Children

by Jake's Diapers, Inc.
California Wildfire Relief: Helping Children
California Wildfire Relief: Helping Children
California Wildfire Relief: Helping Children
California Wildfire Relief: Helping Children
California Wildfire Relief: Helping Children
California Wildfire Relief: Helping Children
California Wildfire Relief: Helping Children
California Wildfire Relief: Helping Children

Conditions in California have sparked concern that the state could continue to experience record-setting amounts of wildfires causing damage and destruction for those living there.

Eighteen million trees died across California in 2018, according to an article on Vox.com. While tree death is common and this number is actually a bit lower than in 2017 and 2016, it is still much higher than what is considered typical.

 “Normal background levels of tree mortality for California, what we would typically see through both insects and diseases, is well less than a million trees per year,” said Sheri Smith, a regional entomologist at the US Forest Service, in the article. 

And while tree death alone is not a predictor of wildfire activity, drought conditions over the last decade combined with human development and other factors put the state at risk.

 At Jake’s Diapers, we’ve responded to the devastation caused by California wildfires to help families displaced by the disasters. Ongoing donations allow us to provide diaper need for families with young children that are no longer able to return home, lose their jobs or experience other hardships because of the fires.

 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. 

Thanks to your continued support, we stand ready to help when the next disaster strikes. 

~ Stephanie

Leaving Paradise
Leaving Paradise

The Camp Fire has devasted the town of Paradise, California and beyond. Thanks to your continued support, we're able to help families like Anastasia's. 

Anastasia and her family of five lived in Paradise for the past six years. She and her husband have three children, two of whom have special needs. She's also expecting another child, after struggling with infertility for years. 

With the Camp Fire raging, they were forced to evacuate in minutes, joining the gridlock of people trying to escape. And then, she went into labor (at ~ 34 weeks) and her blood pressure was skyrocketing. 9-1-1 tried to send a helicopter to life flighther out, but with the blackout conditions caused by smoke and gridlock they were unable to. Finally, they were able to get a police escort out, and Anastasia was admitted at a local hospital. Thankfully, the medical staff was able to stop her labor, and she's still in the hospital today. Here is a video of the police calls, but I warn you, it's scary.

Anastasia and her family lost their home, including their full cloth diaper stash for the new baby. Anastasia's mom also lived in Paradise, and had some baby items there. She also lost her home.  Thanks to you, we're able to provide Anastasia a complete supply of cloth diapers to last from birth to potty training. Hopefully, thanks to quick responders and medical interventions, Anastasia's baby won't arrive for a few more weeks. 

Thanks for helping Anastasia, and other wildfire survivors. 

~ Stephanie

As a supporter of Jake’s Diapers, you have personally helped enable families impacted by wildfires rise from the ashes and raise healthy children, overcoming their need to choose between food, shelter, or diapers.

“We lost our home. We lost our dog. We both worked in a vineyard that burned so we lost our jobs too.” – Tubbs Wildfire Survivor

Now, more than six months after the Tubbs fire, families are still struggling. For families who worked in vineyards, their jobs are gone. These families, once self-sufficient, have now found themselves living in poverty, making devastatingly difficult choices. While they are still struggling, there is hope. These families have enough diapers to keep their babies clean, dry, and healthy while they focus on rebuilding.

This is all possible because of partnerships with donors like you and other charitable organizations that empower our cause. As you may already know, GlobalGiving allows nonprofits like Jake's Diapers to reach a wider audience and earn more dollars through its generous platform challenges, thus helping more babies in desperate situations. In one week, we have a big opportunity to continue maximizing that impact and help more babies impacted by the wildfires.

We ask that if you wish to provide a gift to Jake's Diapers, please do so on Wednesday, July 18 starting at 9 AM EST. On this Bonus Day, GlobalGiving will match your donation! It’s also important to donate as soon as possible on this day to capitalize on the matching funds before they run out. Last year, the funds ran out in the first half hour!!

Since 2002, the GlobalGiving platform raised $337 million dollars for organizations doing good worldwide. The platform offers tools and trainings to help organizations like ours grow their expertise in fundraising and driving an impact. As GlobalGiving says, “Together we are building a global movement for social progress.”

It’s working for us here at Jake’s Diapers, too. GlobalGiving propelled our growth and impact significantly. Last year we were honored to make GlobalGiving’s top 10 nonprofits committed to impact.

We’re on a mission to help meet the diapering needs of babies impacted by wildfires and support caregivers worldwide in raising healthy children. Any donation, no matter the size, adds up to big change. After all, the power of crowdfunding is in the crowd.

Thanks for helping babies! 

~ Stephanie

Delivering diaper kits
Delivering diaper kits

Northwest of Sacramento, over 85,000 acres have burned in the Pawnee & County Fires. Sadly, these fires aren't done yet and signifiy an early start to this year's wildfire season. 

Thanks to your amazing support, we were ready and able to respond to these wildfires and help babies in need. Cara distributed diapers to the Spring Valley Moose Lodge, which is acting as a drop point for supplies for fire evacuees. Diapers are a very basic, yet so overlooked need and the families are so greatful to have diaper need met. 

I encourage you to reach me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org with any questions you may have. I'd love to hear from you. 

Thanks for helping babies! 

~ Stephanie

The wildfires in California have left a wake of destruction and death that people weren’t expecting. We forget that even in the United States, when a disaster strikes, it can turn peoples’ lives upside down. 

Cara, who lives in California, lost her home but her family luckily has a found an apartment to live in. With rent for the apartment more than the mortgage for her home, practical items like food and diapers seem even more precious.

Still even with the loss of her home and possessions, Cara maintains a positive outlook on things. As she said, even though the apartment is costly, her family was lucky to find it. Additionally, with the donation of diapers from Jake’s Diapers, Cara was able to put more money towards food, daycare, and other bills.

Diapering children continues to be a huge issue in the world and that includes here in the United States. When a disaster like the wildfires hits, it doesn’t take long to realize just how important things like diapers are.

California is struggling right now, but thanks to you, more babies are staying clean, dry, and healthy as families recover & rebuild. If you have any questions or want to hear more, please don’t hesitate to contact me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org.  I'd love to hear from you! 

Thanks for helping babies!

~ Stephanie

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Jake's Diapers, Inc.

Location: Little Chute, WI - USA
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Stephanie Bowers
Jake's Diapers, Inc.
Kaukauna, WI United States

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