Sunday, October 9, 2011

Giving Back

It is Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada.  This seemed like a great time to blow the dust off of my blog and tell you about something I got to do last week.

Remember a while back when I had that diaper giveaway sponsored by Seventh Generation?  Well, it isn't only lucky blog readers that are getting free diapers from Seventh Generation.

Seventh Generation is aiming to reach their goal of giving away up to 240,000 diapers to 40 shelters in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. This means a donation of up to $160,000 in diaper value to a charitable cause that rarely sees corporate assistance.  I also got to be a part of their diaper donation program and was sent four packages of diapers that I was tasked with giving away to a worthy charity in my own community.

I called up our local women's shelter.  I told them that Seventh Generation gave me a case of diapers that I needed to give to a local charity.  They were more than happy to accept them.  Women's shelters are always in need of diapers.  When I told the shelter employee that they were fragrance, chlorine, and latex-free diapers that were unlikely to irritate sensitive skin, she was extra happy to accept them. 

Now, at this point in a blog post, you would usually see a happy picture of the actual charitable donation being made.  Women's shelters have to be very, very careful about security and confidentiality so I left my camera at home.  But, as Matthew as my witness, the diapers were delivered in a timely fashion. 

If you want to help, all you have to do is buy a package of Seventh Generation Diapers anywhere in Canada during the month of October and Seventh Generation will donate a package of diapers to a participating shelter.  Don't have a kid in diapers?  Buy a package anyway! You can toss it in the donation bin by the back door of your store and donate two packages for the price of one. 

If you join the Seventh Gen Nation you can get coupons and be notified of special offers, as well as learn more about the diaper donation program.  

I am very Thankful that I got to help out women and babies in need this holiday weekend.  I am also thankful that I have a loving family to spend Thanksgiving with in a warm, safe house and I don't have to worry about where my dinner is coming from tonight.  

What are you Thankful for?

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