What do AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers mean to you? You may think of them as your hobby; perhaps as your favourite brand, with gorgeous solids, fun custom prints, excellent customer support and an engaging, generous online community. You may just think of them as a diaper in your stash that you enjoy reaching for at the next change. For some fans and retailers, though, AppleCheeks are more precious - they are a way to support causes and charities near and dear to their hearts, all while clothing a baby’s bum in the best fluff on the market. AppleCheeks is a proud partner in these varied ventures.
The most recent charity initiative with AppleCheeks is by retailer My Lil Sweet Pea (www.mylilsweetpea.ca), with their exclusive release Believe. It is Sailor’s Blue with St-Lucia-coloured snaps and a custom tag on the back. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Believe covers and sacs - both available in all three sizes - will go to Kerry’s Place (kerrysplace.org). Kerry’s Place is an organization providing services to families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, including the family behind MLSP, whose oldest child was diagnosed with ASD shortly before his 4th birthday. Along with MLSP’s contribution to Kerry’s Place, AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers will donate a portion of proceeds to Autism Canada (autismcanada.org). Believe is the perfect complement to MLSP’s first charity release, called Hope. Hope was St-Lucia with navy snaps and a custom wing tag, featuring a puzzle piece image in honor of autism awareness. It is no longer in production due to the release of Believe, but thanks to Hope, MLSP was able to raise $900 for Unity for Autism (http://www.unityforautism.ca/). For more about MLSP and Believe, read the blog here: http://www.mylilsweetpea.ca/blogs/whatsnew/33772548-believe-an-applecheeks-cloth-diaper-charity-exclusive
The Baby Bum (www.thebabybum.com) is another retailer with a passion for a cause - first came their charity release called Lil Trooper. It is Lake Echo with royal blue snaps and a custom wing tag. This cover was released to bring awareness to Juvenile Arthritis, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Arthritis Foundation via Team Calvinator and His Robots. (Find them on Facebook!) Calvin is the son of Sarah, the owner of TBB, and has been diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. He is currently seeing some benefit from a new medication as part of a research study. For more about Juvenile Arthritis, visit www.kidsgetarthritistoo.org
The Baby Bum also teamed up with an AppleCheeks fan and Ambassador, Melissa, to release Remission, which is Lemon Zest with crimson red snaps and a custom wing tag. Melissa heads up a fundraising team for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk in honor of a family member fighting Multiple Myeloma, and a portion of the proceeds from Remission goes to her efforts with Team Walk with a Lymph.
For die-hard AppleCheeks collectors and fans, Cocoa Bean - Dark Chocolate with multi-coloured snaps - is among the most coveted covers. It was offered in very limited quantities - 10 per size - in a 2012 charity auction with proceeds benefiting Free the Children. Be sure to read the post here on this effort: http://applecheeks.squarespace.com/posts/2012/6/4/free-the-children-charity-auction-success.html
AppleCheeks recognized a need in the cloth diaper market for a more generous diaper, and introduced size 3 covers for children who potty learn at a later age or larger size for various reasons, including special needs. A portion of the sales from size 3s goes to the Canadian Down Syndrome Society.
Do you have any of these extra special AppleCheeks in your stash? What charities and causes do you support in your household?