We've seen the heart-wrenching photos: Texans wading through chest-high floodwaters, cradling terrified pets and frightened children as they attempt to find shelter, clothing and food in the wake of the hurricane, now downgraded to a tropical depression, though it's still wreaking havoc, Harvey.
It's natural to feel helpless, but there's plenty you can do to ease the suffering — especially for families with small children.
Currently, parents of babies and toddlers are struggling to find diapers for their children. It sounds like such a small thing — until you remember how many clean diapers it takes to get through one day with one child.
The Texas Diaper Bank (yes! It's really a thing!) is accepting diaper donations, and you can donate them online through the Texas Diaper Bank website, the organization's Amazon Wish List, or on Jet.com. The organization has been around since 1997, and its mission is to "close the diaper gap" in south Texas, serving small children as well as seniors and older children with disabilities.
It's not just diapers that these families need — many families have lost everything they own. So the Texas Diaper Bank is asking for baby car items as well. In addition to "any brand and any size baby diapers, pull-ups," and adult diapers, the TDP requests donations of formula and wipes as well as "new or gently used baby items — clothes, blankets, bottles, breast pumps, small toys, etc. Please refrain from donating cloth diapers — many families will not be able to wash them.” The organization's primary need is for pull-ups and larger diaper sizes rather than newborn.
The Texas Diaper Bank posted a helpful FAQ to its Facebook page.
You can also donate menstrual products to Texas women (periods don't quit just because a natural disaster strikes, folks). Here's our roundup of ways to help on that front.
We're happy to hop on diaper duty today. How about you? Let's get affected Texas families back on their feet — in any way we can.
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