I had my first baby at 18, and my second at 19. Those years were tough ones. I was in a not-so-ideal marriage and often found myself struggling to purchase the things I needed for my children like clothes and diapers. Thankfully, I had some wonderful friends that helped me get access to resources I needed to make sure my children were taken care of. Even a few years later after having kiddos 3 and 4, I fell on hard times and had to reach out and ask for help. Between friends and some great organizations in my community, I was able to get the food and clothing my children so desperately needed. When I was asked to participate in the Pampers Give Back The Gift Of Sleep initiative, I knew right away that I wanted to help another mom that was having trouble affording things like diapers for their babies. Not knowing where the money is going to come from to buy diapers each day is so stressful, and definitely can make it hard to sleep easy at night. Not only that, but if a baby is having to wear a diaper for hours because their mom can’t afford to buy more, those poor sweet littles are going to have trouble sleeping themselves out of discomfort.
I called up my friend Donna, who helped me years back when I was struggling, and asked her if she knew of a mom I could bless with diapers, wipes and clothes for her children. She is an amazing woman who dedicates hours each week providing free assistance to moms and children that are in need. She worked for years as an RN and now volunteers her time working with new, at risk mothers that are referred to her by local health care providers. Often times that includes visiting the homes of the families she works with and bringing along clothes, diapers, and food for the children. She teaches new moms about things like basic child care, makes sure the children are being fed and bathed, and that there is no neglect or abuse going on in the home.
She shared with me a little bit about a mom she is working with currently that desperately needed things like diapers and wipes, and winter clothes for her two children. With the $100 gift card Pampers sent me to give back to a mom in need, I was able to give her 250+ diapers, six refill packs of wipes, baby bath, diaper creme and gently used winter clothes.
As someone that has needed assistance more than once over the last 13 years, I am always looking for ways that I can give back and help families that are struggling to make ends meet. There are organizations out there that provide assistance, but sometimes those families don’t qualify, or are too ashamed to ask for the help they so desperately need. My next goal is to work on getting together gently used clothing from a thrift store by my home that has $0.25 days and donate those items to the crisis pregnancy center that helped me 10 years ago when I didn’t know where to turn. They helped me get medical assistance so I could be seen by an obstetrician, and provided me with clothes for my soon to be born baby. Those two things made a world of difference for me, and truly lifted a huge weight off of my shoulders.
I encourage you to find a way to help others that are less fortunate in your community. Even something as small as a pack of diapers or a can of formula can make a huge difference in the life of a parent that is struggling to get by everyday. You don’t have to be rich to give to others. Even if you can’t afford to do something that involves spending money, doing something as simple as taking the time to have coffee with an elderly neighbor that doesn’t have any family nearby can be life changing. For both of you.
This Give Back opportunity was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided two packs of diapers and a $100 gift card to bless someone in my community, as well as monetary compensation for sharing about my experience on my site, and a prize pack to give away to my readers. All opinions are 100% mine, as always.