Hurricane Maria had a devastating impact on everyone in Puerto Rico and beyond. Every basic necessity was affected by this terrible storm. Included in these necessities were diapers. In fact necessities like diapers and feminine products were hit extremely hard. Access before wasn’t always easy, but the storm made it quite difficult for all sorts of different reasons.
Enter Loraine, a loving mom of two. Loraine had been studying English to become a teacher when she became pregnant with her third child. When she found out she was pregnant, she put her studies on hold to care for her new child. Her baby was born almost exactly when the storm hit.
“It was real scary,” Loraine said as she described having her baby around the same time as Hurricane Maria hit. The uncertainty of it all, not to mention, being able to provide for her other kids, worried her immensely.
But, Loraine made it through and is making it one day at a time thanks in part to Jake’s Diapers. Loraine stated that not only was she amazed that Jake’s Diapers provided diapers, but that there were diapers and wipes, neatly bagged and organized.
Loraine was so inspired that she helped deliver diapers to distribution centers. The first day she worked with Jake’s Diapers, they drove from 8 am to 11 pm, delivering diapers to families in dire need. Loraine said the experience has been very inspiring.
Loraine said before Jake’s Diapers, many moms did not change diapers because they didn’t have anything to replace the old diaper with. After Jake’s Diapers had arrived on the scene, moms would cry at the sight of fresh diapers they could keep.
Loraine said it was like someone getting a check for a million dollars—that’s how important these were to these women. Loraine remembered one story in particular where a little boy desperately needed diapers and when she was able to give the diapers to the boy, the mom cried because up to this point they were choosing between diapers and food. And the shock of free diapers was overwhelming.
Loraine said she plans on continuing to distribute diapers as long as the need is there. It is an amazing thing Loraine is doing, and the work we do wouldn’t be possible without her and our other amazing community partners in Puerto Rico. Most of all, our work wouldn’t be possible without your continued financial support.