Families with newborn babies face many challenges. While we we can’t help with all of them, we do know a bedtime story and a dry bottom can offer some relief during a stressful time. That’s why we recently packed diaper kits to assist low-income families.
During our EarthWeek celebrations in April, several of our facilities sponsored packing parties for Domtar’s Comfort and Care Diaper Assistance program. We developed this program to help address diaper poverty, which affects one in three families in the United States, as well as low-income adults who suffer incontinence.
Our diaper kits contained more than 90 Domtar diapers and a few books from First Book, a nonprofit organization that focuses on literacy and education. These baby care packages also included an encouraging note from Domtar.
“This kind of investment in our communities pairs our desire to help families in need with our particular interests in literacy and good health,” says Heather Stowe, corporate social responsibility manager. “The Comfort and Care Diaper Assistance program is one of the Domtar programs I am most proud of, and it has such an immediate, tangible benefit for families in our communities.”
Domtar Makes a Difference With Diaper Kits
Employees packed diaper kits at our facilities in Ashdown, Arkansas; Fort Mill, South Carolina; and Montreal.
In Montreal, Fondation de L’AMIE assists immigrant families. Spokesperson Maria Zhoar Rameriz thanked Domtar for supporting the organization’s clients.
“As an organization that helps immigrants, it is important to receive this help to share with people who need it,” she says. “Domtar has supported us since the beginning, with a commitment together. We are happy to share what you share with us.”
Domtar sites in Brownsville, Tennessee; Kamloops, British Columbia; and Nekoosa and Rothschild, Wisconsin; and Dryden, Ontario, will hold similar diaper kit packing events later this spring.
“Our hope is that these diaper kits alleviate the financial and emotional burden on families who can’t afford diapers for their children or their aging parents and grandparents,” Stowe says.
In the first few months of this year, the program has provided nearly 150,000 diapers to families through these kits. Since its beginning in 2016, we’ve also donated more than 1 million diapers to organizations, such as the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, that provide resources for underserved families in North America.
Our Comfort and Care Diaper Assistance program works alongside our Powerful Pages program under our corporate social responsibility initiatives. Powerful Pages promotes education and emphasizes literacy through donations of books, school supplies and other items to help equip students for learning.
To learn more about Domtar’s Powerful Pages program and our Comfort and Care Diaper Assistance Program, watch our video Domtar Gives Back with First Book about a past packing event at our Waco, Texas, facility.