**This post is sponsored by Huggies Diapers. I’d like to preface this post by saying…I know that I do different sponsored posts on a regular basis, but this post is different and very important to me. If you’ve already clicked over, please stick around and read about how my experience, even if it’s “sponsored” in nature, is different and how you can make a difference in your community too. There will also be a way for you to make even more of a difference below. Thanks for your time.
As an expecting mother, I think we all have our own sets of worries we go through as we prepare for another little life in our household. Personally, for me, my worries at this point in time surround having a healthy baby first and foremost and from there that we can afford the daycare of choice where our son goes (that payment alone will be the most of any bill we pay per month). That we can continue our standard of living, take trips and vacations… and can live comfortably as a family. That I can keep up with two children, working full time, and continue blogging. I worry about making enough time for my son, my world right now and making sure he doesn’t feel like he’s been replaced.
Never in those worries do I consider not being able to pay for basic items for my children like food, formula, diapers, wipes, clothing, toiletries and more. For many us, that seems only natural, but unfortunately that’s not the reality for a lot of families out there as they expand and welcome new children into their lives.
Recently, I had the very unique opportunity to partner up with Huggies Every Little Bottom Campaign to learn more about the need for diapers in our local food bank. I’ll be honest and admit, I’ve never visited our local food bank before. Sometimes you just get caught up in your own life and your own personal struggles and daily business and you forget that the “struggles” you face are nothing compared to that of a parent not being able to put food on the table for their child or a diaper on their baby. It’s heartbreaking to think about, really, and puts things in perspective for your own personal life.
To give you some background first, a Huggies study reported that 1 in 3 U.S. moms struggle with diaper need. ONE IN THREE! With the shocking results of this study, Huggies launched the Every Little Bottom campaign to help to get diapers to babies in need. Since the campaign began, more than 80 million diapers have been donated, which have provided diapers to more than 13 million babies for one day. Huggies has partnered with local and national organizations to help build awareness around this growing need.
This week I visited Columbus’ Mid-Ohio Foodbank and met with Cathy to chat more with her about the need for diapers at the food bank and the overall needs in the Central Ohio Community. Cathy was gracious enough to give me a full tour of their facility and really enlighten me on how their process works, who they serve, and their highest needs. In chatting with Cathy, she mentioned that in the past diaper drives have been conducted to provide their facility with diapers and that they had partnered up with the Huggies Every Little Bottom Campaign before to provide diapers to Central Ohians in need.
As Cathy gave me a tour of the facility, it was astonishing to see the amount of work that goes into maintaining an organization of this size. Cathy explained that with over 14,000 volunteers and 100 paid staff members, they managed provide over 48 million pounds of food and groceries to over 550 agencies, food pantries, soup pantries, missions, and more across Central Ohio. They provide roughly 4 million pounds of food and groceries every 30 days to those in need. That’s no small task!
Cathy went on to explain that volunteers are so essential to their organization and accounted for over 65,000 hours last year, helping to sort and package food and groceries. When I asked her whether it was better to donate money or products to the food banks, she explained that money is only better because they can leverage $11 worth of food for every $1 donated! So if you donated $10, they could purchase $110 worth of goods for the pantry! But obviously, any donations are absolutely needed. In highest demand for customers are fresh foods.
When Cathy and I started chatting more about the specific need for diapers, she explained that the food bank currently purchases a generic brand of diapers and charges their customers the same price that they pay for the diapers, which is 10 cents apiece. She mentioned that while they are needed, that it didn’t seem like those diapers went as quickly as others…not sure because of price or because of quality. However, when I dropped off the donation that Huggies sent me for the food bank, several employees mentioned that the diapers would be gone from the shelves within the first hour of putting them out.
I asked Cathy about the times of the year that there seemed to be more of a need than others and she explained that summer hits families particularly hard because school is out and subsidized lunch programs are not there to feed the kids. It was so sad to hear as she explained that in some cases, those kids relied on their one meal a day from their school lunch program, so the need for food and products was much greater during the summer. It’s heartbreaking to consider that as a reality for some children.
Finally, I asked Cathy about the sizing of diapers most frequently needed and to my surprise, the larger sizes of diapers around 3-4 are most in demand for their customers. She explained that typically baby items just fly off the shelves of their onsite pantry and that since food stamps don’t cover diapers, there’s even more of a need. Last year the Mid-Ohio Food Bank distributed roughly 1,175,000 diapers to their network.
The whole experience left me feeling good that I was able to participate in a campaign with Huggies to better some families in my community. It also left me feeling thankful for the blessings in our own life. But even more, it made me feel like I need to do more in my community to help out. Even if it’s donating money each year or volunteering, I think it’s something I want to start doing more. I also want to get my son involved there as he gets older to teach him to respect what he has, as well as ways to teach philanthropy at a younger age. So much learned from this experience.
Huggies® Rewards members can donate points to support babies in need through the National Diaper Bank Network at Huggies.com/Rewards.
To celebrate National Diaper Week, I teamed up with DimplePrints to provide free printable baby shower tags! Visit here for more information and to download!
You also have the opportunity today to get involved. Huggies is giving away diapers for one month to one of The Cards We Drew readers AND the winner will also have a month’s worth of diapers donated to the local food bank or diaper bank in their city for one child. YOU get the opportunity to give back and get diapers of your own to keep or even donate, if say, you don’t have children in diapers. Enter using the Rafflecopter below! Entering IS EASY!!
To learn more about the Huggies Every Little Bottom Campaign you can visit the links below…