Minot and Williston are now home to the only two chapters of The Rebecca Foundation in North Dakota.
Founded by a nine-year-old girl, Rebecca, who wanted to know why more people didn’t use cloth diapers and help those who couldn’t afford diapers at all, the cloth diaper foundation focuses on four groups; those struggling to afford diapers, military families, foster families, and those with special needs children.
Minot’s chapter founder, Elizabeth Heersche-Larsen said. “Without diapers, parents cannot go to work, they can’t take their kids to day care, your stress levels are just going to continue to rise.”
She said she founded the local group to relieve families of the financial stress of diapers – and it doesn’t hurt that they’re environmentally friendly and gentle on sensitive skin.
KX News spoke with a local mom who said that’s exactly why she’s chosen to use cloth diapers on all three of her kids.
“First and foremost, probably for environmental reasons. And as far as health costs go, skin problems, diaper rash, my kids don’t have diaper rash issues when we use cloth diapers, which saves on diaper rash and all those things that you might think about up front,” Danielle Turk-Bly said.
With those conveniences in mind, The Rebecca Foundation offers a one-year starter supply to help families build their own diaper supply with money saved from the relief they’ve been given through the foundation.
“There are public assistance programs for everything from formula to baby food, sometimes you can get gifted bottles and one-time purchase items,” Heersche-Larsen said.
“But a lot of time, people don’t remember diapers and you need them sometimes for three years and sometimes for even longer.”
When the diapers are no longer needed, they are to be returned to the local chapter to be repaired, washed, and redistributed.
The Minot chapter has its inventory ready to go and invites those in need to apply for their supply online.