Giving the gift of sleep to moms in need

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.

Pampers Give The Gift Of Sleep

 

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.

Pampers Give The Gift Of Sleep

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.

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  1. brittany wilson says:

    I would give it to a friend who doesnt have alot of money and now has to raise 6 kids without his wife!

  2. caroline g says:

    Assuming we are supposed to pass everything on, i’d check with our church or when I saw someone asking for help for themselves or a friend locally. The girl who works in the nursery at our church is due very soon, and I have 4 friends plus myself due between March-May if we are allowed to use any of it for ppl we know. When I see anyone asking for help with baby/kids stuff, clothes in sizes we have, or if I have extra $ to help with whatever we don’t have, I try my best to help them so this would be a great help.

    • Just to clarify, you don’t have to pass on any of it, it was just a suggestion on my end to help others. :) Some people don’t have a need for some of the items in the prize set but could definitely give them to someone else that could use them!

  3. Shayla rogers says:

    I would love to bless our local teen mom house that helps those teens with babies get on their feet.

  4. A friend in Oregon just had a preemie and she’s in the NICU. I would try to get some of these items to her for when the baby comes home.

  5. I am so proud of the woman Tiffany,, that struggling young girl who I cared for throughout her labor and delivery of her first child 13 years ago, has become. When you see someone struggling, you have 2 choices. Turn away and assume “someone” else will step in or turn and face them, extending the love and compassion they often need. Judgement, criticism, piety or harsh words have yet,as far as I know , ever encouraged anyone to evoke change in their lives. When I was a young woman, I read about an old nun in India. She daily worked with people who had literally been left to die in the streets,often caked in their own feces. A quote from her has stuck with me for over 30 years. When asked how she continued day in and day out to pick these men and women up off the streets, bathe them, try to hydrate and feed them and comfort them as most of them died, she said “Whenever I look in their faces, I see the face of Jesus”. . As a Christian, I so long to see the face of my Lord. I want to see Him because I love Him. His love for me cannot even be described in human words. I can not yet go to Him and He has not yet chosen to come for me. But I can, on a regular basis through simple service to others, look for His face in the faces of those hurting. Sometimes young, pretty, 19 year old faces laboring to bring new life into the world and sometimes not so pretty faces whose arms hold the track marks of life choices determined to ruin them. But all the same if the face you are looking for is the face of Christ.

    Of course these items, if won, would be put in to service for Him, probably with several ladies in need. The older I get, the less the material things of this world mean to me. But I have lived in abundance and in want. Abundance is easier. If I can help even one person with my hands and my heart feel the love of Christ who so loves me, I have sought and seen His face. I saw the face of Christ in that 19 year old in L and D over 13 years ago. I saw Him again in her face tonight as she handed me a basket of diapers and baby items destined for another young mother whose life is in turmoil.

    May God bless all of you who care for those He sends your way.

    And Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. .

  6. I would give it to my pregnant friend who has been dealing with medical issues with her 2nd child since he was born

  7. I volunteer every week with a refugee community (legal refugees who had to leave their countries mostly with nothing). The need is so great there.

  8. You are awesome! So cool that you were able to help give back! I would probably check at my church to see who is in need of what!

  9. This is great I know that giving back brings so much joy epspecially if you were once in the same position of not having. I think that is why I take so much pride in giving to others and doing things for free because I know someone helped me and I want to at least help someone else.

  10. I would keep it for me = )

  11. Honestly, I’d keep it for myself since I’m expecting!

  12. I’d give this to my nephew’s fiancee who is expecting.

  13. I would give it to my daughter (because of my grandson!).

  14. Ann Fantom says:

    I would give this to my friend who is due in January

  15. Cynthia C says:

    It would be for my niece and her baby.

  16. julie murphy says:

    my grandbaby

  17. Tari Lawson says:

    I would give it to my niece.

  18. Margaret Smith says:

    I would give this to my daughter. Thanks so much.

  19. I would give this to my daughter.

  20. Tammy Cupp Saylor says:

    I would give it to my niece her husband is laid off and they just had their first baby.

  21. I would give it to my friend.

  22. I would give it my daughter, with two little ones she could sure use it.

  23. Crystal Goss says:

    I had the opportunity to be blessed like you with help from people around the community when I was pregnant. I would do exactly what you did and reach out to the person who helped me the most and ask if they knew a mom who needs help. I am always looking for ways to pay it forward because i wouldn’t be where i am if it wasn’t those selfless people who helped me. Way to go Tiffany!

  24. My sister with 7 kids!

  25. My cousin! Who has a 3 month old lil boy!

  26. I would give it to my sister because she is about to have a baby.

  27. I would give it to one of my adult children

  28. Tom Bellamy says:

    My granddaughter.

  29. I would give it to some friends that are expecting their first child.

  30. Stephanie Ann says:

    my younger sister! she would love this!

  31. I would be giving it to my adult daughter. Thanks for the chance to win! =)

  32. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I would bless my neighbor who is due next month with her first!

  33. I would bless my best friend with this prize

  34. Kim Kihega says:

    My friend who has a 16 year old who just got pregnant.

  35. I would give it to my brother who is a new father :) Thank you!

  36. Linda Lansford says:

    my niece would get it

  37. christine burd says:

    My daughter’s best friend would get this .. She has the only baby in our little group.

  38. Donica Sluss says:

    I would give it to a friends daughter who is in need of everything for her baby she is due with in March.

  39. I’d give it to my daughter.

  40. Sara Floyd says:

    I would help out a young mom who is stuggling

  41. bonita english says:

    my co-worker we make 7.25 an hr and this baby was not suppose to happen.her tubes came undone and she already has 3 kids and her and her hubby both only make 7.25 hr.

  42. I would give it to my sister.

  43. Tabathia B says:

    I would gift it to my cousin

  44. I would share it with a teen mom I know.

  45. Pam OLeary says:

    My friends daughter had a baby last month, I would give this to him.

  46. I would give to a mother of 2, and one due in Dec.

  47. jalapenomamamn says:

    My niece who is expecting soon – thank you.
    Rafflecopter name Barbara Montag

  48. BalancingMama - Julie says:

    I might keep the sound machine for my new arrival to come… But I would absolutely pay it forward and use the GC funds to donate some diapers and wipes.

  49. I would help my sister in law, she is expecting soon.

  50. meredith m says:

    I would give it to my friend alex who just had a baby

  51. Tammy Richards says:

    My sister just had a little girl the 9th :)

  52. I would give this to my sister in law.

  53. I would give it to my sister

  54. My sister in law just has a baby. I would give it to her. She’s a nurse and a mom and she never stops…

  55. sandra davis says:

    i would give this to my niece who is expecting her first baby in December

  56. I would give this to my best friend who finally conceived after 3 years of trying, praying and tears! She would be so happy!

  57. my sister

  58. Courtney Renee says:

    I would give it to my sister for her baby!

  59. Sarah Hirsch says:

    my rfiend who just had a baby

  60. jennie sanderson @jenpsht says:

    I’d give it to my sister! yay new babies!

  61. I would give it to my expectant sister

  62. joanne major says:

    i would give to my daughter in law. she had a baby 2 weeks ago

  63. Maria Iemma says:

    I would give it to my daughter who is expecting in December.

  64. My best friend, who just had her first!

  65. I would give this to my niece who has a new baby.

  66. Marcia Goss says:

    I would give this to my daughter who had a baby in August.

  67. Christine says:

    to my son

  68. I would give this to my sister! She’s got a full house!

  69. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I would gift it to my friend who is expecting! This would be a great gift!

  70. I would like to give the gift of sleep to me SIL.

  71. Virginia Rowell says:

    I would bless this to my neice. Her baby is 5 weeks old and she could really use this!

  72. What a fantastic idea! It’s tough those first few months of being a new mom….I remember crying when my best friend stopped by with a box of diapers and watched Little Man while I took a shower– it was the BEST gift ever!

  73. kristin sims says:

    how sweet!!! i would bless my best friend who has twins, four months old…a handful! thanks!

  74. This would be for my daughter

  75. My sister-in-law! She’s due in March!

  76. I would give to my best friend who just had a little girl.

  77. Pamela Bryant says:

    My Daughter who is pregnant with her fourth precious child.

  78. this would be great for a friend of mine; she’s pregnant with her first

  79. tammy shelton says:

    There is a home here in St Augustine for young single mothers & I would donate to them.

  80. Heather B says:

    a friend of mine just had twin boys, she could definitely use the gift of sleep!

  81. My sister who has a one-week-old baby.

  82. I would give the prize pack to my son and his wife. Their first baby is due in February.

  83. I would give this to my sister

  84. Sara Wood says:

    I would give it to my sister.

  85. I have a 4 mth old, so myself :)

  86. crystal smith says:

    I would love to give this to my sister in law. Her and my brother recently had their first child and I know they are adjusting to the lack of sleep that comes with being a new parent :)

  87. My neighbor, who is pregnant for the first time!

  88. Jennifer Reed says:

    I would bless my own household with this great Back to Sleep gift pack from Pampers.

  89. Jill Myrick says:

    I would bless my neighbor and best friend.Pam with the gift of sleep.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  90. my friend Kristy

  91. Desiree Dunbar says:

    My sister-in-law.

  92. I would bless my pregnant bestie

  93. for my niece!

  94. This would be for me!

  95. I would give this to my friend who is expecting her first baby!

  96. I’d give this to my nephew’s girlfriend who is expecting her third.

  97. a friend of mine that just had a baby! this would help so much!

  98. my cousin is having his first baby; i think he and his wife could use this

  99. i would bless my sister

  100. My coworker is expecting her first child.

  101. my niece!

  102. Jennifer Marie says:

    I would bless my sister in law is pregnant with #3.

  103. Jennifer Marie says:

    I would give it to my sis in law.

  104. I would give this to a coworker who is expecting a baby in December.

  105. angelasbits says:

    It would be for my friends daughter

  106. I would give this to my daughter.

  107. Starlee Wagner says:

    I would bless my sister for her continual strength

  108. I have a friend who is due in a few months, but I also do a “baby shower” each spring at our church. I donate a crib and ask for baby donations. We then take everything over to Pregnancy Ministries. This would make a nice addition to that as well.

  109. I would give this to my sister, she is the mother of a newborn.

  110. This would be for my daughter :) I may even throw in a night of babysitting for her to go on a date to help her get over an abusive selfish lying drunk!

  111. I would give this to my niece.

  112. I would give it to my sister who is expecting :)
    shebebes@yahoo.com

  113. Sarah Hall says:

    I would give it to a friend.

  114. I would give it to my pregnant sister-in-law.

  115. My best friend just had a baby, so I’d gift this to her.

  116. This would be for my sister.

  117. I would be giving this to a friend.

  118. This would be for my sister who is 8 months pregnant with her first baby.
    Laurie Emerson

  119. My cousin

  120. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I’d give it to my sister!

  121. I would give this to my sister in law, who has been having a very rough time with my nephew lately.

  122. I’d give this to my cousin!

  123. Julie Hawkins says:

    I’d give it to a friend expecting twins

  124. Trisha McKee says:

    One of my best friends who is a first-time mommy!

  125. I’d bless my sister-in-law

  126. Brenda Elsner says:

    I would give this to my best friend’s daughter who just had a baby!

  127. Melinda stephens says:

    My next door neighbor who just had a baby recently.

  128. Denise Donaldson says:

    I would give it to my sister

  129. tracey byram says:

    I’m hoping to win this for my oldest daughter.

  130. Teresa Thompson says:

    My son and daughter in law.

  131. a cousin

  132. I would give it to my daughter who is expecting her second. :)

  133. My wife!

  134. robyn paris says:

    my friend who just had a baby

  135. Lisa Fonseca says:

    This would be for my nephew’s new baby, a late baby shower gift. :D

  136. Ava Ann Chavez says:

    I would give it to a friend that’s due in Nov.

  137. id give this to my cousin

  138. I would give this to a friend who is due with her first baby in a couple of months

  139. Darlene Carbajal says:

    Myself! :)

  140. My brother & his family.

  141. For a co-worker

  142. I would bless my brother and my sister-in-law who are just about to have their second baby.

  143. I would give it to my daughter.

  144. Sarah Marshall says:

    I would give it to my best friend and her new baby girl!

  145. barbara butler says:

    my beautiful daughter who is gonna give me a beautiful grand baby…

  146. Richard Hicks says:

    would give to my sister in law who needs sleep after having a baby recently!

  147. My husband’s co worker Howie and his wife thanks

  148. Susan Smith says:

    My friend who is pregnant

  149. I have a friend who is going to have her baby soon

  150. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would give it to my sister.

  151. My nephew and his wife

  152. I’d love to share this with my niece who just had a baby!

  153. I would love it for my self!

  154. Vikki Billings says:

    I would give it to my daughter.

  155. Thanks for the giveaway…we have a good friend who has a 6 month old.

  156. Michelle Tucker says:

    I would give it to a friend who is expecting.

  157. Christian Alejandro says:

    I would give this to my sister for her and my niece!!

  158. Buddy Garrett says:

    I would bless my wife with it.

  159. To my sister who just had a newborn.

  160. Robin Abrams says:

    I would give to my daughter in law

  161. jillian warner says:

    next friend who has a little one

  162. Kate Newton says:

    I would love to give this to my neighbor. I know how hard it is when you don’t get enough sleep when you have an infant.

  163. Cynthia Sternberg says:

    Awesome Giveaway!

  164. Carolyn Daley says:

    I would give it to my brother and sister in law

  165. RuzDely Ramos says:

    If I win, This will be for a 17 yr old teenager from my community who is pregnant and I always try to help her with donations. So this really will make her Happy! Thanks for doing this giveaway and for helping all these moms. Ur a true blessing.

  166. Would keep some and give the rest to others.

  167. my niece who just had a baby

  168. This would be for my sister expecting her first child in May!

  169. I would help someone in need.

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