We all know the saying that starts with “If you give a man a fish….” I feel the same way about giving a family in need a box of disposable diapers. Once that box runs out, they are back where they started: in need of diapers. For families willing and able to switch to cloth diapers, Canada’s non-profit organization, Cloth for a Cause (CFAC), permanently eliminates the burden of “diaper need.”
A 2013 study in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest that for low-income families,
an adequate supply of diapers may prove a tangible way of reducing parenting stress, a critical factor influencing child health and development.
This same study reported that 30% of families reported struggling with diaper need in the US. According to a study by a disposable diaper manufacturer:
In order to have enough diapers for their baby, mothers in financial hardship reported cutting back on essentials like food and skipping paying bills.
I first began donating diapers and money to Cloth for a Cause during my foray into second-hand cloth diaper reselling. I became a “Standard Sponsor” by donating $50, and throughout the year sent extra diapers to the chapters most in need.
The Dare2Give Campaign run by the Rideau Hall Foundation was the impetus for me to put together another box of donations and renew my sponsorship of CFAC as a blogger. It also gives me the chance to increase my giving impact by daring others.
It may seem simple, but research has shown that the best way to get people to make donations of their time or money is to ask. (I experienced this after very happily becoming a Green Peace monthly supporter thanks to a visit from a Green Peace advocate with a big smile and a lot of love for green-living bloggers.) And if asking isn’t enough, how about a double dog dare? In this difficult time in our country, with a focus on the “bad guys,” imagine the wave of positivity and generosity we could set off if we each dared a friend to give along with us?
My Giving Moment
So, why do I think Cloth for a Cause is such a worthy organization and so deserving of our money and cloth diapers? Let’s say you give one cloth diaper in good condition, or you donate money to buy one cloth diaper.
One cloth diaper can replace at least 250 disposable diapers. So that one diaper will save the family that receives it from $40-60, and their full stash of diapers from CFAC will mean at least a thousand dollars saved. (The environmental impact of keeping all of those diapers out of our landfills is also undeniable!)
As a cloth diaper blogger, my cloth diaper stash needs trimming anyway, so I put together a box of diapers and supplies not getting any love at our house:
I dare you, dear readers to donate to your nearest chapter of CFAC. [Their website is currently down, but you can reach them via their Facebook page.] Don’t have diapers or money to spare? You can also help your chapter with your time or by becoming a drop-off point for donations. Items that can be repurposed, such as receiving blankets that can be made into wipes and fleece blankets that can be used as stay-dry liners can also help CFAC volunteers build cloth diapering kits for applicants. Cash and in-kind gifts are eligible for tax receipts.
I am also daring three cloth diaper-loving Canadians to become CFAC sponsors or send some diapers to their nearest chapter: Kathy & Tricia, owners of Funky Fluff, Gia at By the Doe and Stephanie at Good Girl Gone Green.
**While the CFAC website is down, if you would like to apply to be helped by CFAC, use this form.**
Are you ready to give to CFAC or another charity close to your heart? Get your friends and family on board and be entered to win for your favourite charity and a grand prize of a television commercial! Contest ends December 14, 2014.
How amazing would it be to see a Cloth for a Cause commercial, parading those cute fluffy butts for all Canadians to see? That would go a long way to #makeclothmainstream!
Visit the Dare2Give website or enter below and share how many people you’ve dared to give for your chance to win!
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Rideau Hall Foundation, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Rideau Hall Foundation.
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