Mother’s Day’s coming up — and you know your mom would want you to help out other mothers in need! The new microphilanthropic organization Help A Mother Out is sponsoring a diaper and tampon drive for local low-income and homeless women and families.
As it turns out, low-income family advocacy groups are always in need of hygiene products. That’s because WIC money doesn’t cover diapers, and diaper companies don’t donate their products to shelters and other service providers. Outrageous, huh?
There’s two ways you can help. There’s the Virtual Diaper Drive, where you can choose from eight family advocacy groups (like Brighter Beginnings in Oakland, the Homeless Prenatal Program in SF, or the Asian Women’s Home in San Jose, among others) and buy them diapers off their Amazon WishLists. Click here for more information on that. And hey, if you donate before May 8, you’ll get a card you can send to your own mother about how awesome you are!
Or, if you want to drop things off in person for Help a Mom Out’s Health and Hygiene Drive, you can drop off diapers (sizes 3-6 in particular), diaper wipes and ointment, tampons and pads (unopened boxes only), deodorant, or heck, even hotel shampoos at either Natural Resources in SF or SadieDey’s Cafe in Oakland. This drive is going through May 31, so if you miss Mother’s Day, you can make up for it to your mother in sanitary products!
Big ups to Friend of the Appeal Rachel F., one of the Help a Mother Out founders, for organizing this and telling us about it!