About the Author - Melissa L. Hart
As a mom of two very active boys, Melissa had spent 20 years in corporate America juggling full time work and raising her children with her husband in Arizona. The concept of The Diaper Fairy was born in those hectic days - now over 20 years ago - when her eldest refused to use the potty. The traditional approaches and numerous stories about potties were not working.
Over night, Melissa became The Diaper Fairy and helped her son make the magical transition in just one day – thank to a little Diaper Fairy Magic Dust and the spirit and courage that evolves when we learn to give and help others in need.
This is Melissa’s first children’s book, and as shared in this story, we believe in giving back to our community. Max and the Diaper Fairy raises awareness about diaper banks across our nation, and encourages everyone who receives a visit from The Diaper Fairy to donate your unused diapers to your local diaper bank or community shelters. The diaper bank network ensures that you diaper donations goes to the children in greatest needs. For more information on diaper banks, please visit our tab regarding Diaper Banks.
Information on Diaper Banks
Max and the Diaper Fairy is proud to join forces with the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona to help promote diaper donations across the country. Known as the nation’s FIRST Diaper Bank, The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona was founded in 1994 and has distributed over seven million diapers.
Did you know that food stamps do not cover diapers? They never did. We know that people and families who need diapers probably need other social services as well, and as such the Diaper Bank provides diapers to existing organizations who work with people in need. A healthy change of diapers costs on average $120 a month or more. This is a huge, and sometimes out-of-reach expense for low-income families and seniors on fixed incomes.
The likelihood of abuse increases when a baby is in a household facing the stresses of poverty, and increases even more when that baby is screaming and crying because their diaper is soiled.
A parent or caregiver who cannot afford diapers cannot leave their child at daycare, and therefore often cannot go to work or school to help improve their situation. That single package of diapers can make that much of a difference in their lives.
A disabled individual who cannot afford incontinence supplies cannot work, and cannot live independently. And, the parents of a disabled child may never be relieved of the expense of diapering their child – even when their child is 8, 13 or 22.
To locate a Diaper Bank in your area or to learn how you can start a diaper bank in your town, please visit www.diaperbank.org for more information.