Join the GDGH Periscopathon Sept 28 to Fight Diaper Need

by Amanda Hearn · 1 comment

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This coming Monday, some awesome sh*t is going down! Together with 30 other companies and blogs, I will be participating in a first ever #Periscopathon event! Think 1990 PBS telethon but 25 years better.

Just like a traditional telethon, #Periscopathon will have goodies galore and we will be doing all of this to raise money for a great cause. Your shares, donations, and hearts will help raise funds for Giving Diapers, Giving Hope and help educate the general public that cloth diapers can be a solution for diaper need.

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Here’s how it will work:

  1. Enter the giveaway form over on the blog at Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.
  2. Prizes donated by the participating brands will be unlocked based on the total donation count.
    1. Donations can be made now thought the #Periscopathon AND within the 24 hours following it. All donations made in that time frame will count toward the goal and unlocking prizes! The total goal is $5k.
    2. You do not have to donate to win (we want everyone to have a chance, regardless of ability to donate). If you cannot donate funds, consider sending a diaper you no longer use (more info here). Your chances of winning are not influenced by the size of your donation.
  3. Join Periscope if you haven’t already. It’s a free app that is pretty darn awesome. Lots of great brands are using it, and it’s a fun way to interact and get exclusive info!
    1. If you cannot join or don’t want to, that’s okay. You can still enter, donate, and be eligible for prizes. You’ll miss out on some great fun though, so we really do encourage you to join us on Monday.
  4. On Monday the 28th, you’ll want to have your charger ready (Periscope sucks battery life) and be ready to TAP your screen – a lot (to give hearts!)! Brands will start broadcasting live at 9:30 in the morning, sharing fun information about themselves, GDGH, the event, and more. AND each brand will be making a donation based on the amount of hearts they receive during their broadcast. The more hearts you give, the more donations you can help earn for GDGH!

If we can hit the 5k goal (If? I really think we can knock it way out of the park!) it can do SO much for Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. GDGH is run by dedicated volunteers (no payroll at all) and has very few overhead costs. The majority of funds donated are directly used to pay shipping fees to families and buy diapers when supplies dwindle. You can read more about GDGH’s finances in this blog post. Their commitment to transparency is just one of the many great things about their organization.

Is cloth feasible for low income families?

Each year for National Diaper Need Awareness Week articles trickle in on big sites like Huffpo and the New York Times. They talk about the great need for programs that help families with the rising costs of diapers (which is great), but each article either omits cloth entirely or dismisses it as unrealistic for families — robbing them of the truth to make an informed decision.

Diaper need is a real struggle for many families and while cloth may not be feasible for everyone it is a real solution for many. According to census data, more than 60% of families living below the federal poverty level have a washing machine in their home. And while cloth can be costly to start up, GDGH exists to alleviate the start-up cost for families so that they can be financially unburdened by disposables and take charge of their baby’s diaper needs with cloth diapers.

Now that you can understand the needs families face and how GDGH helps, please take a moment to learn about the Periscopathon with this video. You can see how to follow all the broadcasters by viewing the video on Facebook.

Enter the giveaway and make your donation now until September 28
on the Giving Diapers, Giving Hope blog!

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Amanda Hearn

Amanda Hearn

Founder of The Eco-Friendly Family, design geek, serial tanktopist, content creator, mother, coffee addict, & lover of fun. I am also a partner at Green Child Magazine & Put A Cup In It!
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