Some thoughts on Independence Day
July 3, 2012
Tomorrow we celebrate Independence Day, the official “birthday” of the United States. Often, we celebrate by considering what it means to be an American.
One of the enduring aspects of the American character is our appreciation of the independent individual–the person who can make his or her way in the world without a helping hand. But the truth is, we all need a helping hand. Whether it is your parents or other caregiver who taught you how to walk, speak, and care for yourself, the teacher who taught you how to read, write, add, and think critically, the mentor who took you under his or her wing at work, or anyone else who lent a helping hand, we all can look back at a point in our lives when we needed help in obtaining the position we hold and the things have so we could be “independent individuals.” In truth, one of the things that makes America great is that there are so many people in our lives willing to reach out and help others pull themselves up.
For families in need, diaper banks can provide that helping hand to achieving independence. A family without diapers cannot place their children in quality child care, limiting their ability to go to work or school. A family without diapers can sink into a funk of despair and stress that makes it difficult to focus on any higher order need beyond clothing and feeding their children, resulting in less opportunity to stimulate children’s intellect and motor development to prepare them for success in life. A baby without diapers lives in daily discomfort, limiting his ability to absorb the world around him. Diapers can help families and children focus on obtaining those skills and economic position that will allow them to succeed independently.
Help us help families in need to obtain the independence that is the American ideal. Give generously to your local diaper bank, or consider holding a diaper drive in your community to celebrate what makes America great.