There’s nothing better than getting the chance to give. It truly is the best feeling in the world to see how a little generosity can touch a heart or change a life. And Seventh Generation, a company that provides eco-friendly baby and cleaning products loved by green shoppers throughout North America, understands that to the fullest. That’s why Seventh Generation Canada created the Earth Mother Buy One Give One program, an initiative with a goal of donating up to 240,000 diapers to participating women’s shelters in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. I was lucky enough to receive 160 eco-friendly, chlorine-free Seventh Generation diapers to donate to a shelter of my choice and I couldn’t wait to support a worthy cause with my donation.
There were no Saskatchewan organizations on the list of charities I received from Seventh Generation, but fortunately, as a lifelong Saskatchewan resident, I am quite knowledgeable about the worthy causes in my province. When I saw that a number of the charities on the list I had received were transition houses in other provinces, I knew at once that I would be making my donation to the Regina Transition House.
The Regina Transition House provides emergency housing and support to abused women and their children and has been doing so for the last 35 years. I have had the chance to learn a lot about the work Regina Transition House does and it truly is an amazing organization. It’s so much more than a roof over a woman’s head; it’s an essential support group of trained staff and other women in the house that allows abused women to regain their self-confidence and start to explore options for the future. I can’t imagine a more worthy cause to support.
And because so often the women Regina Transition House shelters arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and the contents of their purses, donations are always needed. Children may have a chance to grab a favourite toy before leaving their homes or they may arrive with nothing at all. A mother might have a diaper bag with her, but all us mothers out there know how long the three or four diapers in a standard diaper bag will last the average infant.
Because of the type of work they do, donating to Regina Transition House takes a little more work than donating to other charities. The location of the house is not disclosed to the public and to make a donation, it is necessary to call and organize the donation with a staff member. But the extra work is well worth it to support an organization that has provided a safe shelter to over 13,000 women and children in the last 35 years.
When I called to arrange my donation, I learned that Regina Transition House has put a hold on donations for the time being, since the staff is in the midst of building a much-needed 3,050 square foot addition to the house! The addition is almost complete and in about three weeks Regina Transition House will be fully functional and able to take donations once again. While there are some second-stage women’s crisis housing options that I could have given my diaper donation to instead, I’m sure that the organization will be in desperate need of donations after having to put a hold on them during the upgrade, so I decided to save the diapers for a few weeks until I can donate them. I can’t wait to support the mothers that had the strength and courage to break free from their abusive relationships to realize that they could create a better life for themselves and their children.
If you want to support a worthy shelter in your own community, you’re in luck because for the entire month of October, Seventh Generation will donate one package of diapers to a participating woman’s shelter for every package of Seventh Generation diapers sold, up to a total of 240,000 diapers! You can view the complete list of participating shelters here.
To learn more about all the newest programs and initiatives from Seventh Generation and get access to great money-saving offers, visit the Seventh Generation Canada website and sign up to become a member of the Seventh Gen Nation. Right now you can get a coupon to save two dollars off any Seventh Generation laundry product or one dollar off any other cleaning product just for signing up!
I’m so grateful that I was given a chance to show my support for my local woman’s shelter as a part of the Seventh Generation Diaper Donation program and I can’t thank the company enough for letting me take part in their incredibly worthwhile initiative. Most of us have just finished a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with food, friends and family, so there’s no better time to remember those that aren’t as fortunate. And with Seventh Generation’s Earth Mother Buy One Give One campaign, supporting a worthy cause, and a mother in need is as easy as picking up a package of chlorine-free Seventh Generation Diapers.
Learn More: To learn more about the Seventh Generation Earth Mother Buy One Give One campaign, visit the Seventh Generation Canada website today