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Poor as Folk – “Cloth Diapering & Low Income Families”

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This piece was published December 31, 2013, but offers some insight that I wish many more would consider while insisting that low-income people should just “switch to cloth diapers” which isn’t as simple as it seems at first glance.  I think the thing that impressed me the most about this particular piece was that it was written by someone who prefers to use cloth diapers, but also recognizes some of the obstacles faced by those who are living below the poverty line with regards to cloth diapering.  The author closes by offering suggestions on how you, the reader, might be able to assist a low-income family by either helping them purchase cloth diapers, making diapers for them, or teaching them how to make them.  But also suggests that helping solve the problem many low-income families face with regards to where to wash the diapers, perhaps helping make washing them more affordable and accessible to them is another way that could help all while considering all the aspects of washing cloth diapers, and what is or isn’t doable in the community where the low-income family resides.  One thing that the author didn’t mention is that not all laundr-o-mats allow people to use their machines to was cloth diapers, so looking into this i something else to consider when reccommending someone switch to cloth diapers.  If they rely ona landromat to wash the diapers, ask yourself how will this family get to and from the laundromat? do they own a vehicle or are they relying on public transportation?  if the family relies on public transportation, this is also an expence to factor into laundry of any kind, not to mention it would be wise to find out if the transportation provider allows people to bring a load of dirty diapers on their vehicles.  if the family can’t transport the diapers to a landromat(pending they are lucky enough to have a laundromat that allows them to wash dirty diapers in their machines) then it would be impossible for them to machine wash the diapers.  This leaves them with handwashing the diapers, and personally I’ve never felt that anything I handwashed came out as clean as I would have liked it to, not to mention the huge amount of time it takes to handwash and dry any piece of clothing, let alone a never ending supply of dirty diapers is more than I personally would want to comit to especially since kids spend roughly the first 3 years of their lives wearing some sort of diaper that would translate into the need to handwash thousands of dirty diapers.  That doesn’t even factor in anything else the family needs to do on a daily basis wether it be attending school, working, paying bills, caring for the children, all while trying to make ends meet and often times feeling overwhelmed by their circumsatances.  I don’t know about you, but if I’m maxxed out emotionally and feeling like I’m struggling just to keep a roof over my family’s head and food in their belly handwashing thousands of diapers over the course of roughly 3 years just really doesn’t seem realistic in today’s society.  I commend those who go this route, but also respect those who opt for disposable diapers not only for their convenience, but as a way to help them manage their stress level by not piling a massive task ontop of everything else they are doing to survive.

 

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“Lowest income diaper buyers in U.S. must spend almost 14% of after-tax income on diapers”

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This March 16, 2016 article found on the Tyler Morning Telegraph talks about the large chunk that diapers takes out of the budget of low-income families.

“The New White House Diaper Program Is Great, but Poor Families Need Something Better”

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This March 17, 2016 article found on Slate.com talks about efforts being made to reduce diaper need.  It also talks about new studies being done to see if a practical solution can be found to improve access to diapers to those struggling to afford an adequate supply of diapers.

Daylight Saving Time 2016

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Just a friendly reminder that for folks in Pennsylvania need to remember to “spring ahead” and set their clocks ahead 1 hour before they go to bed on Saturday, March 12, to make sure they are on time for whatever plans they may have for Sunday.

To those who are celebrating Christmas …..

I would like to take a moment to wish those who are celebrating it, Merry Christmas.  May you and everyone you meet on this joyous occasion be filled with compassion, hope, and an understanding that sometimes it’s the things that money can’t buy that are the most valuable gifts we can give or receive.  Spending time with friends, family, or even complete strangers can offer memories about the time spent with them that last a lifetime.

Please be safe if you are traveling, and for those who have much try not to forget that not everyone is as blessed as you may be and that sometime the greatest gift you can give yourself not only today but everyday through every year is the warmth you feel when you’ve found a way to help someone with something they aren’t able to help themselves with but are in desperate need of whatever “it” is whether it be food, shelter, clothing, hygiene items, diapers for a little one, feminine hygiene items or whatever need a person who is struggling may have that you are able to meet, the recipient isn’t the only one who gets a gift the giver also gets a little something that money can’t buy and that they didn’t have before they took a moment to bless someone else.  Compassion, hope, and kindness are all contagious and can be a matter of life or death to the recipient.

May you be the blessing of hope, compassion, joy, and peace to others that goes beyond what words can describe…. that is the greatest gift any of us can give to any other person.

“Most Americans Are Getting Help — and That’s a Good Thing”

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This Huffington Post article talks about how almost everyone has received some sort of help or assistance at some point in their life and points out that there’s no stigma seen in getting scholarships to attend college, but if you are in need of food  it is a different story all together.

“Trick-or-Treat for TP”

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This page offers a few stats and one solution for helping those in need be able to have enough toilet paper.

A roll of toilet paper attached to the wall of...

A roll of toilet paper attached to the wall of a bathroom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Slideshow on historical moment in menstruation

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“9 Ways to Get Free Baby Diapers”

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I haven’t tried any of these out, but they could be worth checking into if you or someone you know needs help stretching their baby diaper budget.

“The Truth About Food Stamps (Hint: They Work and Help Millions)”

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This July 29, 2014 article on the New Republic website talks about facts and myths pertaining to foodstamps and includes information on fraud and other commonly misunderstood topics.