Lil Helper Really Does Help!

Lil Helper Cloth Diapers was founded in 2009 by buddies Mohammed Gandhi and Nader Abu El Samid. Both met in Ryerson University, Toronto while studying for their undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering. They both also have a master’s degree in aerospace.  Impressive!

Apart from providing parents with a greener alternative to disposable diapers, Lil Helper also started the Baby Do Good program, for every 3 diapers sold, 1 is donated to help a family in need.   Enter Cloth for a Cause…

I first met Mohammed and Nader at last years Green Parenting Show in Toronto ON, where I went to participate in the Great Cloth Diaper Change 2012.  They were not selling diapers, they were just chatting with folks about cloth diapers and I assume other random things.   I was just starting up the Durham Region ON chapter (now Southern ON), had just helped my first family the week prior and was loaded down with bags of diaper donations collected at the show.  The fact that these guys were willing to donate brand new diapers to us was beyond anything I could have hoped for! A brand new diaper could literally help several families over many years to come and, I won’t lie, the thought of not having to repair elastics or clean velcro was exciting to me!

Over the past year, Lil Helper has donated in excess of 100 diapers to us in the Southern ON chapter via their Baby Do Good program.  We’ve sent Lil Helper diapers to North Bay, to a mom in New Brunswick and many families locally here in Southern ON.

Lil Helper Really Does Help! (Cloth for a Cause)

Savanah in Oshawa received a Lil Helper diaper in her diaper package last Fall for her then 3 month old daughter. When I recently checked in with her, she had this to say: “Cloth diapering is going great for us thanks to the generous kick-start we were fortunate to receive [from Cloth for a Cause]. It alleviated much of the start-up costs that can make the switch to cloth intimidating. Eventually we were able to build our own stash with other low-cost used diapers from the community allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint for our daughter’s future, one diaper change at a time”.  Thank you Lil Helper!  

This is just one of the families we’ve helped with Lil Helper diapers. In total, we’ve been able to help approx. 70 families with a total of 96 babies! Although not all of these families have received a Lil Helper diaper, with the high number of diapers being donated by this wonderful company, that soon may be a reality!

A single mom in Southern ON will be receiving several Lil Helper diapers in her package from us this week.  She is a single mom with a 2 year old son and newborn twin boys and also a fulltime college student.  Her sons keep getting rashes in disposables but she simply cannot afford to make the switch to cloth on her own. She was referred to us by her mom group.

Another applicant receiving Lil Helper diapers this week is a newly single mom with 3 daughters in Southern ON.  Sadly, she lost her husband to cancer 2 months before their twin girls were born. Her application says “Disposable diapers are so expensive and I go through 1 garbage bag per day with my twins and oldest. It stinks having the diapers in the garbage, it’s easier just to flush it and do a load of wash”.

These are the families we help.  We are so grateful to Mohammed and Nader for considering us as part of their Baby Do Good program and allowing us to continue to help families make the transition to cloth diapers.

Thanks,

Amy (Southern Ontario)

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Great Cloth Diaper Change Is Coming Soon!

At Cloth for a Cause, we’re all looking forward to some good times with the upcoming Great Cloth Diaper Change!

Great Cloth Diaper Change

What’s the Great Cloth Diaper Change?

The Great Cloth Diaper Change is a Guiness Book of World Records attempt to have the most babies changed into cloth diapers.  In the years past, it’s been done simultaneously, which had some places (like Malaysia) changing diapers at 2 am!  This year, it’s going to be a bit different: it’s going to be a rolling event, so it’ll happen at 11 am local time wherever you are.  Just be sure to show up at 10 am.

There are tons of places participating, and Cloth for a Cause will be participating at our local events!  Some places will be free entry, some will require registration.  Some will have goodie bags.  One thing that I’m sure of: they’ll ALL be fun!

Prince George, BC

The Prince George Great Cloth Diaper Change is sponsored by Cozy Bums, the Prince George chapter’s single largest benefactor.  It’ll be held at the Family Resource Center.

Address: 1200 La Salle Avenue (The old Fort George Elementary school.)

Register!

What’s happening? Suzi, Megan, and Pearl will be there collecting donations and spreading the word about Cloth for a Cause.  Suzi is also a little competitive: The Fraser Valley chapter received 59 pounds of donations, and she’s positive that the Prince George community can do better than that.  She’ll be there with the collected donations and a scale, and hoping to generate 60 pounds worth of donations.  Cash donations are, of course, always welcome.  Suzi has promised to do some sort of public humiliation if we meet goal.  Possibly singing I’m a Little Tea Pot?

Kamloops, BC

We’re thrilled to announce that our newest chapter, located in Kamloops, BC, will be participating in their local Great Cloth Diaper Change event!  Snug Glee Bumz will be hosting at the Southwest Community Church

Address: 700 Hugh Allan Dr., Kamloops

What’s happening?  Justine, our new chapter head, will be at the event taking donations to support families in need in the Kamloops region.  Diaper related and cash donations are welcome.  There will also be a basket raffle, so be ready to buy tickets for a cause!

Register and join the Facebook event page!

Victoria, BC

The Vancouver Island chapter of Cloth for a Cause will be participating in the Great Cloth Diaper Change event sponsored by Victoria Diaper Service.

Address: 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria.

What’s Happening? Cloth for a Cause will have a drop off point at the event.  Also going on?  Creatively United for the Planet Festival At St. Anns Academy!  How awesome!

Register.  Join the Facebook event page and invite  your friends!

Medicine Hat, AB

Special Deliveries Doula Services is sponsoring the Great Cloth Diaper Change of Medicine Hat.

Location: Medicine Hat Public Library

What’s Happening?  Cloth for a Cause – Medicine Hat will be collecting diaper donations to help struggling families with their diapering needs.  There will also be some great door prizes?

Register and join the Facebook event page!

Oshawa, ON

Amy, proprietress of Amy’s Take a Walk on the Green Side and head of the Southern Ontario chapter, will be co-hosting the event with Funky Fluff Diapers.

Location: 1037 Simcoe St N., Oshawa.  Blaisdale Montessori School.  No registration required.

What’s happening?  Cloth for a Cause will have a donation point set up.  Amy will be there cheerleading.

Richmond Hill, ON

ChangeMatt and So Green Baby are hosting an event.  There will also be a donation point for Cloth for a Cause’s Southern Ontario chapter.

Location: 114 Spadina Road, Richmond Hill.  Bayview Hill Community Centre

What’s happening?  There will be music, swag bags, and fun!

Montreal, QC

While we don’t have a chapter in Quebec at this time, Boutique Bummis has kindly offered to have a Cloth for a Cause collection table at their event!

Location: 4302 Blvd St-Laurent, Montreal

What’s happening?  Of course, there will be a Cloth for a Cause collection table set up.  There will also be amazing door prizes offered!  For each diaper donated, you’ll receive an additional ticket for a prize!

Register to attend

Berwick, NS

Spoil Me Rotten Maternity is hosting the Great Cloth Diaper Change!

Location: Town Hall Gym

What’s happening?  Cloth for a Cause – Nova Scotia will be there to hand out information and educate about our services.  We’re also taking donations.  Donors will receive a ballot for a custom embroidered Great Cloth Diaper Change diaper by Spoil Me Rotten!  The Great Cloth Diaper Change is currently full, but there’s a wait list, so you may still be able to participate!  Even if you can’t, though, there’s still lots to do, including a bounce house and face painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloth for a Cause Build Your Stash Bash Sign Ups! (Blogger Opp)

Cloth for a Cause is a cloth diaper lending organization that is 100% staffed by unpaid volunteers.  We primarily service Canada and currently have fourteen chapters to help distribute fluff to struggling families.  Like most charitable type of organizations, we desperately need help to meet the demand.  We need help with both cash donations and material donations like cloth diapers, KAM snaps, and 1/4 inch swim elastic.  Some of our chapters are getting so many applications for assistance that they are unable to keep up with the demand, so diapers are desperately needed… particularly in Nova Scotia.  100% of all cash donations go directly to Cloth for a Cause.

So what does this mean for bloggers?

It means that you can help Cloth for a Cause out by taking place in the Cloth for a Cause Build Your Stash Bash, hosted by Cloth Diaper Addicts, Leettle Baby, and Viva Vel Toro.

Cloth for a Cause Built Your Stash Bash (and Diaper Drive)

It’s going to be amazing and huge.  We’ve got some amazing sponsors lined up, including Cozy Bums, Nicki’s Diapers, Lagoon Baby, AppleCheeks, Diapers by Chris, and more!  100% of the funds raised go directly to Cloth for a Cause.

How Do You Get Involved?

We’re looking for bloggers to participate in the event.  Bloggers can have up to three links on follow pages, available by donation.  The prices are:

  • $0 (free link with announcement)
  • $3 (1 link, no announcement)
  • $3 (2 links, announcement post)
  • $5 (2 links, no announcement)
  • $5 (3 links, announement post)
  • $7 (3 links, no announcement post)

Of course, if you’d like to donate more, you’re welcome to!  We also would love it if you’d repost this announcement, regardless of your donation amount.  Please take the image from above and load it on your site to publicize.  We want the Build Your Stash Bash (and diaper drive) to be a success.  All you need to do is sign up and join a Facebook group to be kept up to date with the event.