Friday, January 4, 2013

Giving Back - Open Your Karma Bank



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At the beginning of every year, people make resolutions on how to better themselves.  My resolution began at the end of last year.  After watching CNN Heroes, I was inspired and an idea popped into my head.  While I blog about products that are made in the USA, I also believe in giving back. We are a community and, as such, we help out one another by sharing our time, talent and treasure.  My idea is to feature a charity here the first Friday of every month.


The first charity being featured is Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.

This charity resonated with me because we have been through hard times.  If it weren't for our cloth diapers, I'm not sure what we would have done to be able to afford diapers.



Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is a non-profit organization that provides education, support and cloth diapers to low income families in the continental United States. This enables families to conserve money that would have been spent on disposable diapers and use it towards other necessary expenses. It also reduces the environmental impact that disposable diapers have on landfills. We are devoted to a greener planet and empowering families and thus, primarily focus on cloth diapers.

Giving Diapers Giving Hope was founded in May of 2011 by Kristen McCarthy and Emily Glover.  Faced with the end of her unemployment assistance, Kristen reflected that were it not for cloth diapers she would not be able to diaper her two girls.  Out of playdate discussions, Kristen and Emily realized that there were other families who were likely unable to afford diapers and could not afford to invest in cloth diapers as an alternative to disposables.  From that point, the ladies talked about how they would figure out a way to meet the needs of these families.  They attended the Great Cloth Diaper Change in 2011, and asked families in attendance to donate diapers to support their cause. The ladies collected at least 60 diapers from that event.  With the additional diapers donated from Kim Rosas from Dirty Diaper Laundry, the ladies began lending diapers.  Initially, Giving Diapers Giving Hope was planned to be a local cloth diaper lending agency serving Eastern Massachusetts.  However, after mention by bloggers during the Flats Challenge in May 2011, Giving Diapers Giving Hope received many emails from individuals across the nation looking for assistance in obtaining diapers.  It was then that the decision was made to open the applications to national clients. 

How the program works:

Potential clients apply via the Giving Diapers Giving Hope website.  The application asks for information about family size and income as well as the sizes of the children the applicant wishes to cloth diaper.  Applicants must upload income verification and proof of the children they wish to cloth diapers.   Applicants are able to specify their first and second choice of diapers, for example the first choice might be all in ones and the second choice might be pockets.  We don’t guarantee that we can meet client’s specifications, but we try. 

What are our income guidelines?

We use the Federal WIC income guidelines.  If families are very close to qualifying but their income is just a bit over, it is likely we will still approve them.

What happens once applications are approved?

Once an application is approved the client receives an email letting them know that they have been approved as well as an invoice for postage.  Clients pay flat rate postage of $35.00.  This covers the cost of getting the diapers to the client as well as return postage for when the client is finished cloth diapering.

How many diapers do we send?

We typically send between 12-14 diapers to a family.  If a client is applying for a newborn, we send 20 newborn diapers.   Diapers can be switched out as the child grows. 

Where do we get our diapers?

Diapers are donated by individual families, retailers and manufacturers.  We rely solely on donations for our diaper inventory. 
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Giving Diapers Giving Hope now serves clients in the 48 contiguous states as well as overseas military bases.  To date Giving Diapers Giving Hope has assisted almost 200 families (that’s roughly 2800 diapers!).  The day to day operations are still done by Kristen and Emily.

If you want to donate to Giving Diapers Giving Hope, please go to their Home Page {scroll down about half way down} or if you want to donate diapers and/or accessories please go to their Donate Page for information on how to help.  If you are unable to donate, grab their button and help spread the word.


Karina
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22 comments:

  1. Hi Karina! I would love for you to link up to the Fun Friday blog hop. If you have time, please visit. Thank you :)

    http://www.iamannekehn.blogspot.com/2013/01/fun-friday-blog-hop-1.html

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    1. Hi Anne,
      Thank you for stopping by. I linked up to your blog hop. Congratulations on starting it. I hope it is as successful and rewarding for you as Thumping Thursdays has been for me.

      Karina

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  2. Hello my dear! Thank you so much for joining our Aloha Friday Blog Hop and thanks a lot for the follow. I just followed you back and I am looking forward to see you participating in the future too and to read more of your posts :-) Happy New Year and have a great weekend!

    xoxo Pakize

    http://madamekeke.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Pakize,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely words for me.

      Karina

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  3. What a great idea! I work with teen parents and I am not sure they would be able to "do" cloth diapers... but it's an intriguing idea!

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    1. Hi AJ,
      It is a great idea. Cloth diapers are simple once you get the hang of it. I would much rather do laundry than take out the garbage. Disposable diapers accumulate soooo quickly that it makes my head spin. With cloth I just load them in the washing machine and be done with it. It's great and they are reusable and they come in pretty colors too. I am a girl after all. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me. I always appreciate it.

      Karina

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  4. Thanks for sharing this charity...what a great way to give back!! Through teaching, I have worked with families of low-income areas and have gotten a first hand glimpse into their efforts to make ends meet. It is easy to take little things, like diapers, for granted. Your heart to give back is amazing and encouraging!
    Megan

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    1. Hi Megan,
      I hadn't thought about how important cloth diapers were until we ran into financial hard times. I could not have afforded disposable diapers all the time. Cloth diapers are reusable and resellable. How cool is that?! Thank you so much for stopping and sharing your thoughts with me. It's always great to hear from you.

      Karina

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  5. Hi Karina! I like the purpose of your blog, we all have different purpose in this blogland...Goodluck to whatever that you do!

    Thank you so much for linking up to the Fun Friday Blog Hop and for following me, it was truly appreciated.

    I hope you had fun meeting new bloggers! I'm following you.

    huggies***
    rea - http://homefor4sweethome.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Rea,
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting on joining our community. It's great to have you.

      Karina

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  6. Hello Karina! I have been following your blog! Thank you for linking up on my "first" blog hop party! I really appreciate it.

    Have a great week!

    Anne

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    1. Hi Anne,
      You're welcome. Thank you for stopping by and mentioning it.

      Karina

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  7. Hi there - new follower from the blog hop! Love your blog and can't wait to read more! Hope you have a great day! :)
    Rachel
    http://sugar-stripes.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Rachel,
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm so glad that you joined our community here and look forward to having you back.

      Karina

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  8. Diapers are so expensive. Not like you can skip them either! What a great cause.
    Fellow Follower,
    Rachel
    TaoofPoop.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Rachel,
      You are so right. You can't skip diapers. My cloth diapers saved us so I related to the purpose and need for this organization. Thank you so much for your comment and for joining our community. I look forward to having you back.

      Karina

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  9. What a great idea! I am so inspired by some of the stuff that I see going on in blog land like that. Kudos to you for taking on such a great cause! I just found your blog and have enjoyed getting to know you better. Hope you don't mind if I follow along!

    new follower :)
    Bonnie
    thelifeofbon.com

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    1. Hi Bonnie,
      I am so glad that you are inspired. It is a great cause and deserving of all the recognition that it can get. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your wonderful words. I look forward ot seeing you back.

      Karina

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  10. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing! Although I have to admit that I tried cloth diapers for one of my boys and that lasted about one day! So Spoiled huh? :)
    Katie

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    1. Hi Katie,
      Cloth diapering is not for everyone and that's ok. This cause helps people out who need diapers and a stash of cloth diapers helps in hard times. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really do appreciate it.

      Karina

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  11. Thanks for stopping by Things In YOU! Now following via GFC! I'll come back soon!

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  12. I love this whole idea! Thank you for sharing it!

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