Documenting Diaper Need: Kristina's Story (Washington)

Kristina’s story is the result of financial struggles brought about by a serious medical condition. Her family isn’t able to qualify for any kind of assistance until after the baby comes home from the hospital. At that time, they will be loosing an income to allow one parent to stay at home with this beautiful little girl. This story touched our hearts. If you have a stash of diapers that you’d like to share with Kristina, please let me know in the comments and I’ll pass her home address along to you via email. Thanks!

Why is your family experiencing diaper need?
Our daughter was born 8 weeks premature. At the hospital she contracted late onset Strep B, an infection that spread to her spinal fluid and caused meningitis. This destroyed a good amount of her brain tissue and has caused a bunch of other problems. She has had a shunt and feeding tube surgically implanted. Because all of her special needs, one of us will need to stay home with her.

How many children do you have? What are their ages?
Four other children – 12, 15, 17 and 19

Why would access to cloth diapers help you?
This would eliminate one extra cost for us. Our lives have been turned upside down by this experience and we aren’t really sure how everything is going to work out when she gets home. This would help to alleviate one of the many expenses coming our way.

Is there anything else we should know about your story?
After almost three months in the hospital, it looks like Kathryn may be coming home as early as next week. We are looking forward to finally be able to start our lives with her. I’ve been working for the same company for over 10 years and have never found myself in a position where I needed to ask for help. Nothing can prepare you for what we have gone through, we would appreciate any help you can give us during this difficult time.