Union County hero collects cloth diapers for underprivileged babies

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) – A busy mom in Union County makes time to help underprivileged families with new babies by providing cloth diapers free of charge.

Haley Graves has two sons: Silas, 3, and Malachi, 20 months, but she also makes time for struggling parents in need of diapers for their little ones. She says cloth diapers for the first year cost about $500 when you include diapers, utilities, and laundry detergent costs. Still, since they’re reusable, they’re about $300 less expensive than disposables.

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“There’s actually about one in three families that can’t afford diapers for their babies. There will be instances where they’ll have to choose between maybe a certain thing to eat or diapers, and that’s really sad,” said Graves.

Graves collects colorful cloth diapers, all donated, to loan to families that qualify. The diapers are much easier to use than cloth diapers from the past. For one thing, they use Velcro or snaps to fasten instead of pins.

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“This particular diaper is a pocket diaper and you open it up. There is a little entrance here where you can stuff an insert and so when you need to change this, you just take the insert out and you throw the whole thing in the washer,” said Graves.

Each family starts out with 10 diapers to use as long as they need. Then they’ll return them when baby outgrows them. This service is part of the national Rebecca Foundation Cloth Diaper Closet, founded in Maryville in 2012. Graves serves as president of the Knoxville chapter. She hopes more families who need the diapers will apply for help.

If you’re interested in making a donation or getting assistance, go to clothforall.com.

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