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Heiny Helpers

Heiny Helpers provides cloth diapers to families with low incomes in the Bloomington area.


Photo: David Wood/WFIU

The cloth diapers of today have evolved from the bulky cloth and sharp pins of yesteryear. They come in a variety of colors, with special fasteners to ensure a proper fit.

Cloth diapering does take a little more effort than wrapping up a disposable and throwing it in the trash, that’s the truth. However, it isn’t hard to take care of cloth diapers. -Rachel Frush Holt, co-founder of Heiny Helpers.

The mission of Heiny Helpers is to provide cloth diapers and cloth diapering support to families with low incomes in the Bloomington area. A family that qualifies for WIC (a federal assistance program providing food and health care for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children), is eligible to receive diapers from Heiny Helpers at no cost. Heiny Helpers is a program of First United Church, and was started by three of First United’s members.

Heiny Helpers will provide enough cloth diapers to diaper an infant full-time, including at night, and a wet sack in which to store diapers before they go in the wash. They will also provide support and answer any questions families may have about cloth diapering.

Typically, co-founder Rachel Frush Holt says, it costs about $300 to start cloth diapering, but parents will save more than $2,000 by not buying disposable diapers. In addition to the cost savings, cloth diapers mean fewer disposables in the landfills.

Heiny Helpers is spreading information about cloth diapering in the hopes that it will be less daunting for parents.  For those looking for more information, the FAQs section of their website answers questions such as: how can one diaper fit my newborn all the way until she’s a toddler?  What do I do when we go on vacation or visit our family over the holidays?  Where do you keep the dirty diapers while you’re waiting for laundry day? And, do they really get clean?

Learn More and Get Involved

Heiny Helpers has a number of volunteer opportunities for people interested in doing anything from acquiring diapers to fundraising.

Heiny Helpers

First United Church
2420 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401

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