We became doulas because we have hearts for serving women, babies, and families. We recognize that not every family has financial access to the life-changing support we provide. It has long been on our hearts to find a way to help as many families as possible in our community in a way that is sustainable for us. When we learned that many of the families who cannot afford our services also cannot afford basic needs such as diapers, we felt called to get involved right away.
Diapers are a necessity. They are not optional. Yet no government assistance addresses the need for diapers. Did you know that the lowest income quintile of families pays nearly 14% of their yearly income for diapers alone? It’s hard enough to come home already stressed from working to support your family, struggling to pay your rent and power and water bills. Can you imagine then hearing the heartbreaking cries of your baby in a dirty diaper, crying from a diaper rash, knowing that you cannot change that diaper yet because you have to make your last few diapers stretch until you get paid on Friday?
This is the reality for nearly 1 in 3 families. Diaper need has been linked by research to maternal depression and child abuse. LINK, SNAP, WIC…none of these programs allow a family to purchase diapers. And because they are unlikely to have memberships to stores like Costco and Sams where they can purchase cheaply in bulk, they actually pay MORE for diapers than wealthy families.
Heartland Doulas is committed to helping address diaper need in Central Illinois.
No Child Wet Behind
Through the national nonprofit No Child Wet Behind, we are pleased to share the success of our inaugural 5K and 1 mile fun run that took place in Donovan Park on Saturday, May 27th, 2017. We are looking forward to even greater success for this year’s race on Saturday, May 26th, 2018, once again hosted at the challenging Donovan Park cross-country course. Not only are we committed to raising money for Crittenton Centers through this race, but we are also collecting diapers for donation in several Central IL businesses. Just look for the big blue boxes starting in late April! Additionally, diapers can be purchased via our Amazon Wishlist.
DROP BOX LOCATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
Crittenton Centers offers many services to families in need, including a crisis nursery where they can have their children cared for up to 72 hours
and a pantry of items such as formula, diapers, and baby food that needy families can use to help meet their needs. While Crittenton Centers cannot accept open formula cans, they will accept open packages of diapers. So please, donate the leftover diapers that your babies have outgrown as well as new packages that you’ve purchased! All proceeds from our run and generous donors like you will be donated to Crittenton Centers.
Sign Up to Run! Donate Money! Donate Diapers via Amazon! Learn More About Business Sponsorship