When was the last time you said “I love you”? Perhaps it was this morning on your way out the door to your spouse. Or, perhaps, it was to your children as you dropped them off at school. When was the last time you said “I love you” to someone in your community? Sounds strange, right? Hear me out.

I love community. And I mean serious butterflies-in-stomach-this-is-more-than-a-crush LOVE. Unfortunately I love the idea of what I believe community can and should be. I love the idea of neighbors helping neighbors and I love the idea of all children having the opportunity to learn and play in a clean and safe environment.

Much like Corinne, I had a challenging baby. My little colicky miracle challenged everything I thought motherhood was supposed to be. We had the resources to provide everything from time to diapers for my non-sleeping little one, but I still felt like I was at my wits end at times.  But what if I didn’t have that? What if I had to find a $1 to buy a diaper off a neighbor every time he pooped? Worse, what if I had to re-use that diaper because I spent that $1 on food for my baby. I’m not being dramatic for effect here. These are real decisions that moms in OUR community are making. RIGHT NOW. I don’t love that.

And that’s when my eyes tear up and my heart swells. Because I met Corinne, who took it upon herself to start DC Diaper Bank. And from there I’ve met so many other parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends who feel the same way as I do. Because parenthood is hard, people. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor. And I certainly don’t want anyone in my community having to make the decision between food and diapers. People in my community deserve better than that.

Sometimes you have show your love and support for your community from the bottom up. Literally. With every diaper or dollar you donate to DC Diaper Bank, you say “I love you and you are important” to every mother, father and baby we serve. Won’t you say “I love you” with me this Valentines Day? Become a Factor of 12 or visit our Amazon Wishlist today.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you!


Heather Foley, Board Chair