By this time next month - we are hoping to have completed 20 fully stocked diaper bags to be mailed out to Joplin, Missouri. I have been in contact with the Girl Scout chapter in Missouri that services the Joplin area to help us distribute these diaper bags and they are not only willing, but have also given us the contact information for a local church being used as a shelter and another volunteer organization that could better distribute them.
This is a very exciting and humbling opportunity for us. Exciting because I get to try out my diaper bag pattern and create some beautiful bags for those in need and humbling because these families have lost EVERYTHING they own in this disaster. We have also received such a dramatic response in those wanting to help us raise the funding needed for the diaper bags (fabric, stabilizer, thread etc) and the baby essentials (diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream etc) to fill them. We have received a couple donations to date (20 pampers baby wipes containers and a box of baby essentials) which we are so grateful to have received, but still need help with our project.
These companies (in the FB link to our album on FB with all their information) have offered a portion of their sales, commissions and even certain items to be bought at a discounted rate to be donated to our diaper bag project. There is Mary Kay, Longaberger, BeautiControl, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Arbonne, Pampered Chef, Lemongrass Spas, Usborne Books, Dove Chocolate, Discovery Toys, The Gourmet Cupboard and Thiry-One Gifts - so many choices for graduation, Father's Day, birthdays, baby showers, summer cook-outs, family reunions and just because gifts. In the description of each picture is the details and links you need to follow to help out. Diaper Bags for Joplin, MO Fundraiser Opportunities
We are also accepting donations of the following items:
diapers (size 1 is what i am going with)
suncreen/insect repllent for babies
baby wash, lotions, etc
diaper rash cream
other baby necessities
Would like to get some small toys (teething rings, rattles, board books, etc) as well to include, but am concentrating on the main necessities first.
cotton fabric in children's print (1yrd of a print and 1 yrd of a coordinating fabric)
medium weight stabilizer
1/4" elastic white
white buttons (medium to large in size)
We currently have fabric to make 6 boys diaper bags and 2 girls diaper bags - we are going to make 10 girls and 10 boys ones total.
Thank you so much for everyone who has help support this cause thus far and for all those who will help in the future - please share this with your family and friends even if you cannot help. We will be including a note in each diaper bag that has a list of everyone/every business that has helped make this project successful.
Any questions you can contact us by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org