November 7, 2013
A friend invited me to LA Diaper Drive's annual poker tournament. I had a great time and was happy to contribute to the cause. While I was there I learned a lot about diaper need. I was shocked to learn that 1 in 3 mothers struggle to keep their babies diapered and often are making choices between putting food on the table and clean diapers. I wondered, "why not use cloth diapers?" One of the volunteers at the event explained to me that many low income families don't have laundry machines in the house and laundry-mats don't allow you to clean soiled diapers in their facilities. In addition, day cares require disposable diapers. In order for the mother to work, she needs to be able to leave her child with a full day supply. It also impressed me that this charity doesn't just give handouts. They use the diapers as incentive to get the low income mothers into classes that will improve their lives. They seem to be trying to break the cycle of poverty. Kudos to LA Diaper Drive.
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