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.
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.
Amy (Southern Ontario)