Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Looking for some Seattle metro area support!

Hello out there!

Well, for the second time, my application to host a "Share the Love" branch in the most populated area in the Pacific Northwest was rejected. There are no sites that already serve this area (King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties.) I used to volunteer with the Rebecca Foundation, but there is a new local chapter president and she didn't seem to want my help. However, there are a lot of limits to what we can do with that structure, and I am looking to help more that I was able to through them.

Share the Love's response: "Thank you for your interest in becoming a Share the Love host. We sincerely appreciate each and every host application. After reviewing the structure of our current host network we will not be moving forward with your host site application. We will reach out to you in the future if the structure of the program changes. We wish you the absolute best in your parenting journey. Thank you again for your interest in helping needy families get access to cloth diapers."

So, I REALLY want to help set up a STRONG and LOCAL cloth diaper charity solution for my community members who are in financial need but want to cloth diaper their babies, toddlers, and special needs children! If anyone reading this (or their employer) might want to back a local cloth diaper charity program, I am offering my time, sewing and repair skills, meeting/teaching venue, and current loaner stashes (I have enough to get things rolling for a few families while we gather and assemble more.) I would also be happy to teach people to repair and make their own using recycled commonly found materials so they can support themselves more down the road. All we would need is someone to back it and do the legal side of things.

Come on Seattle metro area!!! Lets make this happen!

- Arfy

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Different Kind of Holiday Give-Away

I am currently applying to be a host for the "Share The Love" program with Cotton Babies (I had my phone interview today.) Over the past 3 years, I volunteered with The Rebecca Foundation, and I donated regularly to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope before that.

This season, I want to do a holiday give-away. I want to do something a little different than my usual annual diaper shower cloth diaper cake. I want you to think of ANOTHER family you know that is expecting a new baby (their due date after January 1st) and wants to cloth diaper but needs some support. Someone you know personally in your area. Maybe even a relative.

Write me a letter telling me about this person/family (no real names.) Tell me why you want to help them and what the gift of giving diapering help would mean to them and you.

Letters must be received by December 14th because of Christmas shipping deadlines.

** This contest is open to anyone in the United States of America (I WISH it could be open to more of my international readers, but shipping outside the USA would just be too complicated and expensive for me.) If you are outside of the USA and really want to participate but would be able to help me with shipping costs, write that along with your letter.

- The winner will receive a mixed variety of about 10 newborn size cloth diapering options. You can choose boy, girl, or gender neutral for colors/prints that may be included. It will be packaged attractively and ready to be your holiday gift to them. I don't say "Christmas gift" because I am not personally a Christian, and I can only assume many of you out there in the internet universe reading this are not either.  :)

- Two honorable mentions will receive a box containing diaper-sewing supplies. PUL, absorbent fabrics, hook & loop, snaps, fold-over-elastic, microfleece or wicking jersey, etc.

I will publish the letter from the grand prize winner on my blog.
Update: The winner of the diaper give-away is Kelly. Here letter is below:
"I would like to nominate my sister in law who is expecting a baby April 4, 2016. This is her 4th baby and she contacted me when she found out I am cloth diapering my son to ask for advice and to ask about buying seconds from me since she's thinking of trying cloth for the first time.  She already had 3 boys (and 3 nephews) so she and grandma were both wishing for girl. After much anticipation finally came her gender reveal, and we found out she'll be having a little girl. Obviously we were elated. Unfortunately the excitement has been dampened. Last week we found out my niece has a rare heart defect and she will require open heart surgery as soon as she is born. This is very troubling news of course, but I'm sure this will also be a major financial burden due to the medical bills for my niece's care. (She works in childcare and Daddy works for a tv service provider) so I would love if I could help her with being able to cloth diaper this little angel when she arrives."

The two runner-ups are Megan and Melanie.

Congrats guys. I'm sending you three emails now to get your shipping addresses.  :)