Life is hard. Sometimes we all have to make difficult decisions, sometimes even devastatingly difficult decisions. When I went to Peru back in 2011, and saw disposable diapers being re-used, it opened my eyes to a whole new world of hurt and need. Basic need. We often don't think about diaper need, defined as the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.
Sadly, diaper need is real. 1 in 3 American families struggles to afford a satisfactory amount of diapers for their baby. Now imagine being a Veteran, suffering from PTSD, and being unable to provide diapers for your baby. The hurt. The pain. The pride.
It breaks my heart that there are Veterans who have risked their lives for us, and can't meet basic diapering needs. There is hope, and you & I have chosen to do something about it. I believe no caregiver should ever have to choose between food & diapers.
Through you, Jake's Diapers is able to provide cloth diaper kits to local Veterans, through an innovative collaboration with the Center for Suicide Awareness. In the past few months, between donations made here through GlobalGiving and our Dairyland Diaper Drive, we have been able to slowly start to assemble cloth diaper kits for local Veterans.
Our first five kits will be matched with recipients within the next month! Our cost is $231/kit, and these kits will completely diaper a baby from birth to potty training. Not bad, eh? Especially considering the cost of disposable diapers for 1 baby is roughly $2,000.
Imagine the hope, the joy, of knowing that you will not have to choose between food & diapers. Imagine knowing you are loved by someone you may not have ever met; someone who cares and truly believes in you and your baby's future matters.
Thank you for your support, and for helping our local Hometown Heroes.