Quite often, when a family has a child with special needs, they’ll have a need for cloth diapers that lasts far beyond the infant and toddler years. It’s hard. It’s expensive. Sometimes a parent will give up a career to be a full-time caregiver. Or worst of all, sometimes there will be only one parent in the picture at all.
When there’s only one parent and there’s a child with special needs, it’s nearly a sentence to poverty. That parent will give up everything to stay home and give his or her child the love and care that the child needs. Love and care are amazing. They can make the difference in how a child with special needs develops. It can be the difference between a paraplegic child thriving and a paraplegic child surviving. It’s important. Sometimes it’s downright crucial.
There’s only one problem: that love and that care do not pay the bills. That love and that care does not pay rent or buy groceries. That love and that care does not buy the diapers that the child with special needs has to have. This is where Cloth for a Cause comes into play.
Disposable diapers for a child with special needs are cripplingly expensive. I went searching out of curiosity for this… and I found that they were one to two dollars per diaper depending on where you bought them and what size package you bought. Medical coverage does not include these diapers. For an impoverished family on assistance, that’s just not sustainable. We ease that burden.
Since we rarely see diapers for children over forty pounds in our donations, we have to get creative. When I went out to McLeod Lake and found that some of the families out there did have larger than average children, I put out a call for help to my community that was quickly answered. We will sometimes use our fundraising proceeds to purchase low cost cloth diapers diapers to help families with children with special needs. It’s a need that must be filled, and we are proud to do that.
Can you imagine what a relief it must be to that mother? She has all of these burdens to struggle with, and her situation will continue on indefinitely. To know that one thing that she will not have to worry about is how she will provide diapers for her child is a weight off of her shoulders. It’s one less concern that she has to focus on… and that gives her the freedom to provide the love and care her child needs with just a bit less cause for sleepless nights.
This week, Funky Fluff is helping us help those families. When you shop at their website, 10% of their sales will be donated to Cloth for a Cause. We can help those struggling families gain a little extra peace of mind. That’s priceless.