Help A Mother Out, Los Angeles

The economic crisis has hurt a lot of people, especially children and families. There are social-safety net programs that are helping as best they can, but more than 2.2 million children live below the poverty line in California alone.

And did you know that diapers and wipes are not covered under WIC or food stamp programs? Poor and especially homeless families often have to make tough choices between food and diapers, forcing them to reuse old diapers or to keep their kids in dirty diapers longer than is healthy or sanitary.

On May 1st Help A Mother Out is hosting a Wine and Cheese Date Night. All you need to do is register here for your free ticket (hurry, the numbers are limited!), buy a package of diapers to bring with you (or 2 or 10!), get dressed up and come on over to the party! Yours truly will be one of the many lovely hostesses. Tillamook Cheese, Barefoot Wine and Fresh & Easy are donating food and drink, so you don’t even have to bring any money. Just bring those diapers!

If you can’t make the party, find other ways to help and lots more info at the HAMO website. They make even make it super simple to donate diapers online.

See you on May 1st!

3 Replies to “Help A Mother Out, Los Angeles”

  1. I wish programs like this would hand out cloth diapers. They are reusable, and even if moms don’t have access to a washing machine they can be cleaned in the tub. They’re also better for the environment AND for the baby’s health. I hate to sound like I am down on this program, because I am quite sure it’s a wonderful thing, but I feel like it could be so much more effective.

  2. Annika,

    That is an issue we often hear from people who learn about our efforts. Indeed, plans for such donations are in the works, but for now it is hard to convert people and organizations like homeless shelters. Many of our beneficiaries live in their cars or on the streets and don’t even have access to a tub.

  3. Kim,

    I should have said that I wish the program could hand out cloth diapers *as well as* disposables, because I do understand that for many families those are the only option. I guess I kind of sounded like an asshole, assuming everyone has access to a tub, but I assure you I wasn’t thinking that, just typing it. (Note to self: think first.) It is quite encouraging to know that plans are being made–maybe you will have something in place by the time my baby outgrows her diapers (if you will be able to take used). I also know that several cloth diapers stores online send donations to poor communities; perhaps one of them would work with you.

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