We talk a lot here about doing our best to raise kids who aren’t entitled. Yet, one of the things I struggle with most is finding good ways to get my young children involved in volunteering.
From soup kitchens to neighborhood road clean-ups, there just aren’t a lot of opportunities that my kids (ages 2, 6 and 7) are old enough for yet.
If you find yourself in the same predicament, I’ve got some great news.
Next week is Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 26 – 30, 2016) so we’ve partnered with Huggies to help raise awareness and share how you (and your kids!) can contribute to their No Baby Unhugged program and help give “hugs” in the form of diaper donations to your community.
What is Diaper Need?
Diaper need is the struggle to provide clean diapers for your baby. Kimberly-Clark first brought the issue of diaper need to the forefront in 2010, when a groundbreaking Huggies study revealed one in three U.S. moms suffer from diaper need.
It’s a critical issue in the United States where parents often have to cut back on food, utilities or child care to provide diapers. That’s because diapers are not covered under food stamps and WIC, which makes the struggle for parents with diaper need that much harder.
How Can Your Family Help?
It’s ridiculously easy.
Every time you tweet using #NoBabyUnhugged, Huggies will donate diapers to Baby2Baby, part of the National Diaper Bank Network.
But don’t stop there. Get your kids involved too!
There are lots more ways to participate in Diaper Need Awareness Week, including:
- Volunteering at a local diaper bank (find one here).
- Donating diapers to your local diaper bank
- Donating your Huggies Rewards points to babies in need. Download the new Huggies Rewards app and find more information at Huggies.com
- Hosting a diaper drive of your own with your friends, playgroup, or neighbors
Participating in (or hosting) a diaper drive with your kids is such an easy thing to do and they can be involved every step of the way.
Start by sitting down together and making flyers to help get the word out. Encourage your kids to help decorate the flyers and put them up around the neighborhood, or wherever you’ll be collecting. Don’t forget to include the dates and times you’ll be coming by, as well as instructions on where to leave diapers if people want to participate but won’t be home for pick up.
Then it’s time to grab the wagon and get to work collecting those diapers. Take this opportunity as you’re walking around with your kids to talk about what you’re doing, why it needs to be done, and who it is helping.
Finally, load up your collection and take a family trip to your local diaper bank.
It’s a very simple process and the opportunity provided to your kids for hands-on experience giving back will be oh-so-worth it! So what are you waiting for?
Do something in the next two minutes by tweeting with the hashtag #NoBabyUnhugged. Then gather the kids and get to work on your own diaper drive!
We are proud to partner with a brand like Huggies because of their work combatting diaper need. Huggies founded the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) in 2011, a non-profit organization with a mission to drive awareness of diaper need in the U.S. and build up the capabilities of diaper banks across the country.
Huggies has been giving hugs in the form of more than 200 million diapers and wipes over the past six years to help babies in need. Furthermore it’s continued support of the National Diaper Bank Network has helped it to grow from 20 banks to 320 in that time.
Huggies® believes deeply in the Power of Hugs. The simple, loving act is proven to support babies’ emotional and physiological well-being. Huggies® diapers and wipes are inspired by a parent’s hug, – to nurture baby with care, cradle baby in comfort and surround baby in protection. Learn more at Huggies.com. #HuggiesCouncil
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