The journey of Jake’s Diapers has certainly been a blessing. We began Jake’s Diapers just a few months ago, but the seed had been planted for much longer, a few years. I am continually amazed at how the good Lord provides for our needs. There have been many occasions where my jaw just drops. Have you ever had that happen to you? I don’t recall having such events in the past, but I really should start a count of the Jaw-Droppers. It’s just amazing how what we truly need appears when we truly need it. We started Jake’s Diapers with the idea of helping the babies in Peru, and then the idea grew and grew, and we continually find more doors being opened for us to help those in need. A friend of mine is in the process of adopting from Haiti, so I had asked them if the orphanage needed cloth diapers. The response was no, they don’t need them, but the Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center could. So, I contacted them, and was amazed at the work they are doing. And, then, I saw a facebook post from a few days prior, indicating an urgent need for cloth diapers. Coincidence? I think not. Somehow, we became friends with a lady who is going to Congo to bring her daughter home. This led us to orphanages in Congo where they are using plastic bags for diapers, because that’s all they have. We met a lady at a conference who is going on a mission trip to China, to an orphanage for special needs children. Do they have a need for diapers? No, the children there are two and up. But, they know of an orphanage in Guatemala… a future diaper drop, maybe? There is a family we feel called to help here in the U.S.; who are expecting two babies this year! Blessings abound! She had written that her preference was for newborn sized prefolds. A few days later, 24 newborn prefolds arrived! Coincidence? I think not! I am continually amazed at the blessings that have poured forth to meet our needs, when they truly need to be met.
We have learned of other urgent needs at Real Hope for Haiti, including formula, baby wipes, baby shampoo, cloth diaper safe cream, baby powder, blankets, bottles, and nipples. Sadly, need is abundant, but so is God’s love and grace! In addition to donations of cloth diapers & supplies, we here at Jake’s Diapers also accept monetary donations. It is our goal to become an official 501(c)3 non-profit; and this comes with a fee of $400. Ann is returning to Peru in January to hand deliver the cloth diapers to El Refugio, and we could use some assistance in helping to finish funding her trip. $1400 remains. Then, there are shipping costs to help get the donations to their final destination. Every shipment costs around $25 to send. Not much, but it does add up! We have been blessed by a few companies who are willing to sell us supplies at below retail, for humanitarian efforts, thus enabling us to make a dollar really go far. Lord willing, we will be able to meet these goals through donations and fundraising efforts. We have some exciting fundraisers & educational opportunities coming up, and we are always looking for more ideas to help the babies in need.
We truly appreciate the cards and letters that show up, sometimes with a check or a diaper or just because. They contain words of inspiration, and we are grateful and blessed. I’ve started an inspiration wall in my office, using the cards, letters, and pictures of the babies we’ve impacted. Jake’s Diapers has just become a part of our lives, a way of life. What can we do to lend a hand up to those in need? How can we truly make a difference? We are living proof that nothing is impossible; all it takes is faith as small as a mustard seed. We have been so blessed to see Jake’s Diapers grow and grow, and I am so thrilled at where this will lead us next. – Stephanie