It might not be as cold and snowy as it usually is by this point in the year – but flip on the TV, make a trip to the mall, or simply take a drive through your neighbourhood, and it won’t take long before the joyful sound of carols and the bright twinkling of lights lets you know that the holidays are upon us once again!
Christmas is one of our favourite times of the year here at Pumpkins. We’ve always been fond of this special season, but ever since having kids of our own, the holidays have taken on a whole new meaning for us. December used to be all about Christmas shopping, holiday parties, and enjoying a few days off from work; but now, it’s much less about us, and much more about sharing the spirit of the season with our little ones. This shift in perspective really helped to remind us that as much fun as the Yuletide always is, the holidays are a great reminder of just how lucky we are, and how important it is to share and give back, whenever we can.
What to Do with a Gently-Used Diaper?
Since we started Pumpkin’s Diaper Delivery, we’ve always tried to run our business in a way that allows us to feel good about what we’re doing. Everything about the way we operate – from the products we use, to our environmentally-friendly cleaning methods, even right down to the bones of the service we provide that helps keep disposable diapers out of landfills – is done with sustainability and our clients’ best interests in mind. However, even though cloth diapers last exponentially longer than their plasticky, disposable counterparts, there comes a time when we have to retire them. Many of these diapers are still perfectly fine to use, but may end up slightly discoloured or not quite as soft as they once were after multiple trips through the wash, and so, in the interest of providing the very best for all the little bums in our service, we pull them from the rotation.
For a while, we weren’t sure what to do with these diapers. It didn’t seem right to just throw them away, especially since they were still perfectly serviceable, and in most cases, only cosmetically imperfect. That’s when we met Karen.
Karen heads up the local Calgary chapter of Babies in Cloth – an incredible organization made up of moms helping moms, with the aim of helping struggling families by collecting and loaning out gently-used cloth diapers, in order to help offset some of the tremendous costs associated with raising a baby. Since we started working with Babies in Cloth, we’ve had the opportunity to help hundreds of cloth diapers find a second raison d’être, and felt pretty good about not only keeping our landfills diaper-free, but giving a hand-up to those in need. Little did we know, we were just getting started.
Dan on a Mission and Home of Hope
After several batches of donations to Babies in Cloth, we received a phone call from Dan Peters. Dan heads up the Facebook group Dan on a Mission, which is aimed at providing donations, services, and volunteer assistance to Home of Hope, a local non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children and single mothers around the world.
Dan filled us in on the Dream Centre Project that Home of Hope has been working on in Nairobi, and let us know that they were in desperate need of reusable cloth diapers if they were to keep moving forward with their work. Well, wouldn’t you know that we just happened to be sitting on 450 gently-used diapers that were just waiting for a new bum to keep covered! Dan was ecstatic at this news, and we couldn’t have been happier to help out in this small manner.
Taking Time to Give Back
I guess it’s the spirit of the season that has us reflecting on these donations from this past year. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the consumerism of Christmas – between all the cool new gadgets and gizmos that come out this time of the year, and the churning of the holiday marketing machine urging everyone to shop longer and spend more, it can be easy to lose the true spirit of the season amidst all the hullaballoo. That’s why this Christmas, we took some time to give back, and encourage you to do the same.
If you’re not sure how to find a worthy cause, take a second look at Babies in Cloth and Dan on a Mission. These two amazing organizations are always looking for more opportunities to make a difference, and your assistance would mean the world. If funds are tight this time of the year, consider donating your time instead of cash – oftentimes, volunteers are just as important as monetary funding when it comes to making a difference. Beyond these two organizations, feel free to peruse this list of local Calgary charities who can always use a helping hand this time (or anytime) of the year.
Take a moment this December to reflect on what the season really means, and to embrace the spirit of giving. Your holidays will feel all the warmer if you do – there’s no beating that fuzzy feeling that comes from helping those less fortunate. Get out there and do some good – we promise, you’ll be glad you did!