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15,000 Diapers!

Diapers galore, by tangobaby.
I think it’s safe to say that our May Diaper Donation Drive was a smashing success: In one month, our supporters donated 15,000 diapers to families in need, plus thousands of travel-sized toiletries and baby wipes. For reference, the photo above shows about 1,500 diapers collected just from drop bins at Natural Resources and SadieDey’s Cafe. Ten times that number is a veritable mountain of diapers. Thanks to the ease of Amazon wishlists, generous folks from around the country were able to participate by simply pointing, clicking, and donating diapers directly to the agency of their choice. In San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, busy parents took time out of their days to drop off diapers and other supplies at collection bins that were frequently overflowing.
We at Help A Mother Out have been awed and overwhelmed by the response to what began as a modest Mother’s Day donation drive. When we first set up Amazon.com wishlists for a couple agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, we had no idea that we would garner supporters statewide, let alone nationwide; we had no idea that we would tap into an inspiring, energizing network of folks across the state  and the country advocating on behalf of poor families; we had no idea we would recruit allies and volunteers from around the world to help us help some mothers out.
Sorting supplies in San Francisco, originally uploaded by tangobaby.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who donated and spread the word, and especially to the following cheerleaders, collaborators, and co-conspirators:

Happy Mother’s Day To All!

BIG THANK YOU to all of you who honored that special mom in your life, with a gift in kind donation via our Amazon.com wishlists. Together we have already made a very PRACTICAL, DIRECT, and BIG difference in the lives of homeless and very low income mothers and their babies this Mother’s Day. PLEASE TELL US how the gift card went over with mom and POST A COMMENT below. The Amazon.com wishlist delivery process is working and supplies have already begun helping out mothers-in-need across the state.

THANKS to all of our friends, family, colleagues, fellow bloggers, Facebook friends, Tweeps, and the folks at KGO Newstalk Radio AM810, who helped us out with spreading the word  about our Mother’s Day gift card offer.

DONATE THROUGH MAY 31ST: If you are just learning about us and our drive, it is NOT TOO LATE to get in on the fun. You can still participate in our VIRTUAL DIAPER DRIVE, HOST A DRIVE, or DONATE IN PERSON in your own community.

CHECK OUT other ways to help us out in MAY by reading this.

MAKE IT FUN! Involve the kids in the donation. Have them help you collect items from your own household and take them with you to drop them off.

Last Day for Mother’s Day Giftcard

Last day for our Mother’s Day giftcard offer. If you come in after Midnight tonight, no guarantees, but we will try our best to accommodate.

We are taking the kids down to San Francisco City Hall this morning to lend our moral support to some courageous homeless mothers who are holding a Mother’s Day press conference. Come join us and bring the kids.

Calling All Dads

Won’t your wife be amazed on Mother’s Day when you tell her you have donated some much needed baby supplies to a great local organization? You need to email us helpamotherout at gmail (dotcom) by Midnight, May 8th.

Go on, click through to Amazon.com —->

Calling All San Francisco Mothers: Start Celebrating Mother’s Day Early

We’ll be getting a jump-start on our Mother’s Day celebrations this Friday at San Francisco City Hall. We’re not affiliated with these folks, but we’ll be there to lend our support. Please join us to show some solidarity and send Mayor Newsom the message that his lack of response to the homeless crisis is not okay.



Where: Steps of City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, San Francisco

When: Friday, May 8, 2009, 11:00

What: Homeless mothers are holding a press conference to decry the lack of response from the Mayor’s office on the doubling of homeless families in San Francisco ince the recession.

San Francisco—San Francisco, like cities across the nation, is seeing a dramatic spike in the number of families requesting emergency shelter. The city of San Francisco has enough homeless families to fill a small, rapidly growing town. Yet, this issue has received very loud silence coming out of the Mayor’s office.

According to Connecting Point, in the summer of 2007, the average number of homeless families waiting to be placed into shelters was 75. In the summer of 2008, that average doubled to 150 families. Since then, there have been anywhere from 150 to 190 families waiting to be placed into shelters. The recession has taken a tremendous toll on our low-income families, and homeless families are calling on the Mayor’s office to respond.

Studies have show that homelessness has negative impacts on our youth’s health, development and education. Mother’s are becoming more and more concerned for their children’s well being.. They are in awe at the fact that the city has not responded to the tragic outcome of our recession. Homeless parents will be presenting their solutions and will be asking for a meeting with the Mayor. Homeless parents active with the Coalition on Homelessness have been calling for a meeting with the Mayor for the past two years, and have not been granted one.

For Mother’s Day, the mothers of the homeless community would like to spend their day securing their children’s future. Homeless parents will be calling for additional affordable housing units, a lifting of the time limit on a locally funded housing subsidy, and increased homeless prevention funding. San Francisco has adopted the “Housing First” policy which was created to swiftly house homeless single adults. The mother’s are fed up with the lack of action from City Hall, and are demanding that the “Housing First” policy that was adopted by San Francisco be implemented for families in their time of need.

According to Jenise Standfield of SRO Families United, “Our families need real “rapid housing” not “rapid homelessness”!

Thank You KGO Newstalk Radio 810 AM!

Welcome KGO Newstalk Radi0 810 AM listeners! Click through (look top right hand corner) to one of our administered Amazon.com wishlists, email helpamotherout at gmail dot com your proof of purchase, and we’ll send along your Mother’s Day e-card (act by midnight May 8th).

Tip: Remember to choose FREE SUPER SAVER SHIPPING on orders over $25.

HAMO sends a huge THANK YOU to the Afternoon News team at KGO for giving us the opportunity to reach your listeners and tell them our message and Mother’s Day offer.

This Mother’s Day, Make A Difference!

Dear HAMO Readers,

Mother’s Day is May 10th, less that a week away. This year we are campaigning for people to do something different for the special moms in your life. Some call it “reclaiming Mother’s Day.” Others call it “alternative Mother’s Day.” We call it “the right thing to do.”

According to the National Center on Family Homelessness: California has 2.2 million children living in poverty. Of those children, approximately 292,624 are homeless.

Please consider helping a mother-in-need out this year in YOUR OWN COMMUNITY (tip: top right hand corner of our website, click to find a wishlist near you! ). From now until midnight, Friday May 8th, email us (helpamotherout at gmail dot com) your proof of purchase off of one of our administered Amazon.com wishlists and we’ll send you a swell e-gift card to give to your Mother’s Day honoree.

Other ways to participate in our May Donation Campaign:

  1. Donate similar unused supplies from your household (open diaper/pull up packages and feminine hygiene products are OK, please use your judgment). Drop them off at one of our drop off locations in your area.
  2. Pick up an extra package of diapers/wipes/tampons on your next Target/Costco run and drop off by May 31st.
  3. Take your child with you to drop off supplies. Take a picture of them putting supplies in the bin! This  is a wonderful opportunity to teach your child about sharing. Send us a photo and we’ll post it!
  4. Read this previous post: 13 Ways to Support Our May Donation Campaign

Please join us in helping keep moms-in-need and their children healthy.


We really need the help spreading the word. Please tell your friends and family! The donation drive is happening all the month of May!