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Dialing for Diapers

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Author: the Inkslinger

These days, too many of our friends and neighbors have too little. This is especially true where struggling families are concerned. It costs about $11,000 a year to raise a child, but one in four families earn less than that. So we came up with a quick and simple way for all of us to help these moms and dads using nothing more than our cell phones.

It couldn't be more essential, and it couldn't be simpler. Just text the word "BABY" to 52000. When you do, you'll make a one-time donation of $5, which we'll use to help solve one of the biggest yet most underappreciated problems facing impoverished parents: the desperate need for diapers to keep their babies healthier and happier.

Working with Gifts In Kind International, our goal is to raise $10 million dollars for needy families and use it all to give their littlest members a better start in life. We're hopeful that we can make a huge difference in homes all across the country, but it's a big challenge. We're talking an extraordinary two million text messages that must be sent in order for us to have the kind of impact that's needed.

Please take just 10 simple seconds to text "BABY" to 52000 and put a clean diaper on a needy newborn. If you don't have a cell phone, you can donate online. It doesn't matter which method you choose. It only matters that we all come together to change the world one diaper at a time.

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cheetahlove16
02/12/11
Cotton Babies is having a buy one get one free sale on Econobum, super cheap and super effective diapers: http://www.cottonbabies.com/index.php?cPath=138 They also have a way to donate this CLOTH diapers to families in need: You can also buy used diapers from their site which are even cheaper!
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greenjeans0622@aol.com
02/11/11
remember that they would have very little upfront cost if the diapers are given to them! Granted it takes a special day care center to allow cloth diapers,and fortunately I have no need of this service but if you are using pockets or AIO and they are ready to use like a disposable and all the day care should have to do is put it in a large wet bag instead of a trash bag, there shouldn't be a problem. Also your pediatrician should be willing to write you a docs note which the day care should honor! Also you are not going to see the "green" benefits of a cloth diaper until it is reused on another child. The diapers that I used when my son was newborn have now been used on three children and I only have one child so far. I am not suggesting that you don't support I just feel like they could benefit from other things like career counseling, a resume review, clothes for a job, etc. Looking for work if you need it should be a full time job, since that is what you are after.
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Chantelle Hare
02/11/11
Look ladies, your mothers and all the mothers before these generations of mothers today, they never had paper diapers and the washed them just fine, even without the conveniences of today's washers and driers. Hello!! And the start up costs are minimal. $10 for 12 clothe diapers, that's less than a pack of paper diapers for most. Plastic pants are around $5 for 3pair and some safety pins for $1. Wash them in the toilet and the tub or sink if you have to. Your cost is less than $20 for the life of your diaper cycle. NOW THAT IS GREEN AND DIRT CHEAP!!! Been there and DONE IT~
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lesliemfischer
02/11/11
First: I believe in charity and I believe in love. The dignity of a child's life is not contingent upon his or her parent's choice to bring him or her into the world. Secondly, flaminglune, you hit the nail on the head about washing machines and daycares' unwillingness to deal with cloth. Many of us environmentalists live in affluent areas where we have access to luxuries like a washing machine in our home. I used to be a teacher in a very impoverished area where I had a very honest conversation with a 17 year old student about the realities of her laundry situation. Her pride would not have usually allowed her to reveal these kinds of details, but we became close throughout the school year. The place where she lived didn't provide laundry machines. The nearest laundromat was five miles away and she didn't have a car. She described laundry day and the humiliation she went through putting all of it on the bus and riding to the laundromat. I can't say that the people who will benefit from this program are all in this exact situation, but I have to imagine that those stuffing underwear with newspapers don't have a high-efficiency washer and dryer in their basements. I use only cloth on my sons but will not pretend that this option is available to everyone. The start up costs, even when I bought used, were signifigant. I also want to remind cloth-diapering parents that just because we cloth diaper doesn't mean that we are as green as can be. Remember that there is significant energy usage in drying diapers. The brand "flips" hang dry withint 24 hours inside my home and are as soft as can be afterward. Many brands I tried took a long time to dry and were rock-hard afterward. Just a few thoughts from a green-minded mama.
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FlamingJune
02/11/11
We also use cloth diapers with our kids, for the reasons people have posted above. But we also use disposables - why? Because daycares in our area require them (and yes, I did my homework and a lot of lobbying). A parent might really need access to disposable diapers in order to work. Another consideration is laundry capabilities. Not all families have washing machines. Cloth diapering without reliable and ready access to a washing machine is definitely an interesting proposition, especially for someone like a single working mother with a child in daycare who might benefit from this effot. I would hope that some of those who have posted saying they would not support this effot might consider some of these points first.
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csajsm
02/11/11
Huggies has a similar campaign and I was furious about it. I found out through the magazine American Baby which was sent to me through some mailing list. I only subscribe to Mothering Magazine for a reason -- I believe in exclusively breastfeeding, cloth diapering and natural birth. We use ONLY cloth and although I would love to donate to those less fortunate, my conscious cannot allow donating money for disposable diapers (even though Seventh Generation diapers are much better for babies and the environment than traditional). I would love to see a Cloth Diapering Program started which teaches mothers how to use/wash them. It's really not difficult and unless we as a society start making the change toward cloth as a WHOLE rather than a fringe group, we are all going to be sitting on top of rotting, stinking "disposable" diapers! I'm sure many have cloth diapering supplies to donate as well....I do!
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greenjeans0622@aol.com
02/11/11
I agree 100% and I don't mean to make this a pro-cloth diapering comment board but if I wouldn't buy a disposable diaper for my son how could I even consider buying one for another child?? Formula (all-though I am also pro-breast feeding) is another story, children have a right to eat. What they go to the bathroom in is a whole other story. For that matter you can teach a baby to use the toilet by watching for cues, that is the way a parent learns that they are hungry. Just a thought.
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Noymira
02/11/11
I have to agree with hobbitfeet10 on many points! This is a great and easy way for people to donate and help others though. We use cloth diapers for our daughter and have several friends that do as well. It saves us a lot of money by not spending up to $40 a week on diapers. I think I saw a fact somewhere that said disposable diapers are the 3rd largest source of waste in landfills in our country (I wish I could find that again to be sure). Not to mention most people do not properly dispose of the solid waste in diapers (by flushing it down the toilet), so there is human waste sitting in the landfills as well. I would love to see more education about the use of cloth diapers as a economical choice in parenting, there are many great options available today.
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hobbitfeet10
02/11/11
maybe stop having kids as the MOST environmentally friendly thing you can do. period. also- are we helping people with Cloth diapers? I would prefer donating to educational programs that teach people family planning and how not to consume so much. Having kids is a choice, and it seems to be one that if people make- the rest of us pay for. But I know I know- help the children, as they've already been born. It certainly isn't their fault they were brought into the world. I am not heartless. lol.