It’s time again for our collaborative and county-wide Diaper Drive!
This year, we’re pleased to partner with over two dozen parenting organizations, websites and resources (with room for more!) to benefit six local family-oriented charities. Please see more information below and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.
Did you know that even though low-income moms can buy junk food and soda using food stamps, they CAN NOT buy diapers since they are not considered “consumable” products? Diapers and baby wipes are off-limits to federal food stamps and Women Infant Children (WIC) programs, leaving low-income moms struggling to afford the nearly $100 per month cost to diaper a child. While using cloth diapers may seem like an alternative to the monthly cost of disposable diapers, most licensed day care centers do not accept cloth diapers due to health concerns. Furthermore, most people living in poverty do not have access to their own laundry facilities, and most coinoperated Laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for sanitary reasons.
Struggling to afford basic diapers for a child can lead to health and safety concerns as well. In poor and low-income families, a baby can spend a day or longer in a soiled diaper, leading to potential health risks like rashes and infections, and persistently upset babies which could lead to an increased possibility of child abuse.
For those who are able and willing to help – In collaboration with over 20 local parenting groups, organizations, websites, blogs and other resources we’re happy to announce our next big charitable initiative: Our 2013 Diaper Drive!
Do you have leftover diapers that your children have outgrown? Did you buy too many diapers and suddenly find your child potty trained? See a sale at a local store for diapers or wipes? We will be accepting all brands of diapers, pullups, wipes, unopened diaper creams and powders; anything to keep little tushies happy, dry and protected! We will also collect any coupons, gift cards and check or cash donations (mailing address below). The monetary donations will be combined with the coupons and the best value diapers will be purchased and added to the lot. We hope to provide over 20,000 diapers to our area charities this month!
For your convenience, ALL local locations of The Little Gym and Bright Horizons Early Education have both agreed to be drop off points across various locations in Southern Fairfield County. You can drop off your diapers or supplies (please, no formula, equipment, clothing or anything other than diapers and toiletries) anytime from NOW until May 31st.
See below for the location closest to you:
Stamford: Bright Horizons at High Ridge Park 4 High Ridge Park; Stamford, CT
Stamford: Long Ridge Road Child Development Center 778 Long Ridge Road; Stamford, CT
Stamford: Bright Horizons at First Stamford Place 300 First Stamford Place; Stamford, CT
Wilton: Bright Horizons at Wilton 7 Godfrey Place; Wilton, CT
Trumbull: Bright Horizons at Trumbull 126 Monroe Turnpike; Trumbull, CT
Shelton: Bright Horizons at Enterprise Corporate Towers Three Corporate Drive; Shelton, CT
Orange: Bright Horizons at Orange 284 Silverbrook Road; Orange, CT
Orange: Bright Horizons at Yale West Campus 117 Frontage Rd; Orange, CT
Stamford: The Little Gym of Stamford 305 West Ave, West Street Plaza, Stamford, CT
Darien: The Little Gym of Darien 4 Corbin Drive, Darien, CT
Westport: The Little Gym of Westport 629 Post Rd East,Westport, CT
Newtown: The Little Gym of Newtown 266 S Main St Newtown, CT
Ridgefield: The Little Gym of Ridgefield 96 Danbury Rd,Ridgefield,CT
We will also accept check or cash donations, gift cards and coupons for this cause. You can mail any amount – large or small to the address below payable to CT-Moms. If you would like a donation receipt for tax purposes, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your donation. If you need a street address to directly mail diapers (i.e. from diapers.com or Amazon) please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CT-Moms Online; P.O. Box 106; Greens Farms, CT 06838
You can also donate to the 2013 CT-Moms Diaper Drive by clicking the donate button below.
The last day for drop offs or donations is May 31st 2013.
If you are a member of a parenting group, organization, publicity website or business targeting local families in the area, large or small, and want to contribute to or publicize this Diaper Drive please email us at email@example.com.
All diapers donated and purchased will be divided up and donated to five local worthy charities, with possibly more to add:
-The Domestic Violence Crisis Center (Stamford & Norwalk) Dedicated to the task of helping women and children find ways to live in peace, without the threat of violence, intimidation or abuse
- The Center for Women & Families (Bridgeport) Dedicated to strengthening women and families and to eliminating violence and abuse through education, intervention, advocacy, and community collaboration.
-Malta House (Norwalk, CT) Providing safe housing, parenting guidance, education, job training, mentoring and child care for single homeless mothers and their babies
-Mi-Casa/My Home (Bridgeport) Providing case management services, housing, meals, clothing, life skills, and access to primary care, day care, and education to pregnant or parenting teens
-The Department of Children and Families (DCF) Protecting the well-being of children and families county-wide. Diapers especially needed for newborns that have to be retrieved directly from area hospitals for foster placement
Diapers will be sorted and delivered to charities on Friday, June 1st and Pictures will be posted here!
Thanks to Westy’s Self Storage in Stamford, CT for donating the space required to store all of these diaper donations for the month.
Partnering Organizations include awesome groups such as Stroller Strides: Fairfield County, Fairfield County Attachment Parenting Group, The Awesome Mommy Group, Happy Moms of SW CT, The M.O.M. Club, ModMa of Fairfield County, Mom Gets A Life of CT, Sunny Smiles Moms, Westport Parents on FB, The Working Moms of Fairfield County, The Westport Young Womens League, Trumbull Moms on FB, New Moms of Greenwich, CT Saavy Divorced Chicks, Tiny Tots Consignments, Moms & Munchkins of Greenwich, The Stamford Hospital New Moms Group, New Mommies of Norwalk Hospital and more
We also thank our promotional partners for helping to promote this worthy drive to the general public including:
Mommy Poppins CT
Suzy Said of Fairfield County
Kids Out and About: Fairfield County
CT Kids and Family
Mommy Minute on FoxCT
The Daily Stamford and other Daily Sites
The Stamford Patch and other Patch sites
Moms in Weston, CT
Please help us help keep the little tushies in our area dry, healthy and happy! Any donation will help, big or small. Regardless of who you are, where you live, what school your children attend, if you are a working mom or a stay at home mom, a single mom, how old your children are or which parenting groups or websites you frequent – let’s band together and help our community.
You can also see a great video from the Rookie Moms below which discusses why Diaper Drives are so important.
As always, thank you for participating.
Moderators, CT-Moms Online