It’s Day 5 of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, and this is an “Open Topic” day.
Thank goodness, because I have A LOT to say!
The whole purpose of this Challenge was to not only show parents, that cloth diapering without a washer / dryer, is possible…but that it can be done with limited resources, including the expensive upfront costs of cloth diapering. With “budget” stashes costing $40-100, that’s still money that some do not have readily available. So what’s the next option? Well. Apparently there are non-profit, cloth diaper banks that will loan families a small stash to use, then return either when they’ve acquired their own stash or when their child has potty trained. The only requirement is, usually, proof that you’re receiving some type of government aid. I’ve spent 3 years pointing families to these organizations. I also recently found out that these organizations are turning parents away and / or making it difficult to obtain approval for a stash!!
Why?! Here’s some of the reasons I’ve heard from parents:
- I had twins and couldn’t afford diapers, but wasn’t approved because I (mom) wasn’t a U.S. citizen.
- It was a lengthy application process that also wanted me to write and submit a 2 paragraph essay before considering me
- I couldn’t apply because I couldn’t afford the $40 shipping charge for them to send me the diapers
- They’re no longer accepting applications
- I applied and I never heard anything back
WHAT?!?!? Soooo…they pretty much “weed out” the obvious people who are TRULY IN NEED of cloth diapers, and provide these loaner stashes to the privileged few??
GroVia, the company that moms love to buy because they’re “ethically made” (whatever that means)…well their lending program, GroVia Gives, charges families a MINIMUM of $40 to borrow the diapers, only crediting them $20 to be used to purchase their own diapers upon receiving the stash back. If a family can afford $40, I can provide them an entire stash to KEEP!
Other organizations are saying they’re no longer accepting applications because they don’t have enough diapers. But I’m confused. Because this same non-profit, flat out refuses to accept Alvas, Sunbaby Diapers, Happy Flute, or any other brands that are directly made in China ::GASP:: Apparently those diapers aren’t “deemed” safe and / or compliant, but the jeans and shoes and disposable diapers with chemicals in them, are ok to touch babies???
So what have I done to help??
For the last 2 1/2 years, I’ve personally collected and bought inexpensive cloth diapers, sanitized them, and stored them in bins in my home. When I hear of a family in need, I have them personally pick up or I ship a small stash to them, using my own dollars…no questions asked. If someone can go as far as swallowing their pride and ASKING for help with diapers, surely they need the help. I trust them to return the diapers when their done with them, and ship back.
What can you do to help??
If you’d like to send a monetary donation, feel free to send it to PayPal Donation to Alyson
I’m also happy to take ANY working diaper donations, shipped to my home. Comment below or contact me via Facebook.
I’m participating in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Cloth Diaper Revival.