Did you know that 1 in 3 Moms struggle to provide diapers for their infants? That often, disposable diapers are cleaned out and re-used because there are no more diapers to replace them with?
I’ll admit, I am privileged enough to not even realize this was a problem until I was scanning through Facebook a couple months ago and came across an article on diaper need. I was sure that WIC and SNAP covered diapers for Mamas that needed the assistance. but that simply isn’t true. The article talked about moms who not only have to re-use diapers but are unable to work or attend school because most childcare facilities require parents to provide a certain amount of diapers for their child and they are unable to meet that minimum. You’d think cloth diapers would be an easy solution but low income families often don’t have reliable consistent access to a washing machine, most laundromats don’t allow the laundry of cloth diapers for sanitary reasons, and most daycare don’t allow them either.
Natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey bring diaper need to a spotlight, but it’s important to note that this is a serious problem every typical day in Texas, nationwide, and definitely right here in Columbia and Lexington where we live. I spoke to director at The South Carolina Diaper Bank and they are in desperate need of diapers to help fill the diaper gap that families here locally experience each month.
Soooo….because of all this I decided that we could help! I’m teaming up with Shanna at the SC Diaper Bank and from now until the end of the year I’ll be collecting diapers for them, which will be distributed through the Bank to Moms in need.
I’m so excited to be helping, that for anyone who donates a pack of diapers I’m offering a $10 discount on any session this fall/winter (think fall family or Christmas minis!) and an entry into a drawing to win a free full portrait session in 2018…that’s a maternity, newborn, child, or family session (to be held in Greater Columbia, SC or ———– (minus newborns) only). You can use it yourself, transfer this session to a friend, or give it as a gift. …take your pick! On New Year’s Eve I’ll draw from all eligible names and announce the winner.
How do you donate? There’s two SUPER EASY ways….
- Bring a pack of diapers to any Katie English Photography scheduled photo session starting September 8th.
- Order a pack of diapers to be sent straight to my studio, where they will be delivered to the SC Diaper Bank. Click Here for the link to my Amazon registry that will tell you exactly what they need!
Goal? Let’s see if we can come up with 5,000 diapers to cover the bottoms of local babies. Can you help me?