One in Three Families Struggle with diaper Affordability
May 8, 2020 (Irvine, CA) – HomeAid Orange County, in partnership with the First 5 Orange County, announced the 13th Annual HomeAid Essentials Diaper Drive will take place starting Mother’s Day, May 10, through June 5th directly benefitting local families facing homelessness. The countywide campaign, led by Essentials Chairperson Oliver Jones of United Parcel Service (UPS), is shifting to a largely digital effort this year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals or businesses can make online monetary donations that will be used to purchase diapers, wipes, and baby food, or they can buy diapers online from Abby & Finn, a diaper subscription company.
“In order to minimize personal contact and ensure the safety of the families we serve, we’ve pivoted to allow individuals and businesses to support this important cause online,” Jones said. “One of UPS’s strongest commitments is to support the communities we serve. The annual drive is the perfect example of our engagement.” Businesses and community groups can choose to host a collection site for donations of diapers, wipes, and baby food, but should sign up in advance on homeaidessentials.org. On June 1st arrangements will be made for pickup.
“Now, more than ever, the pandemic is highlighting the tough choices vulnerable families must face,” said Kim Goll, president of First 5 Orange County, which has been a longtime partner of HomeAid Orange County. “The Essentials Drive gives the entire community a chance to donate essential baby items that we might take for granted, but that can give struggling parents some peace of mind.” Since the start of the drive 13 years ago, items collected annually have grown from 30,000 to over 1.2 million items. To date, over 10 million diapers, wipes and baby food have been distributed to families experiencing homelessness. Over 65,000 people experiencing homelessness in Orange County have been served through both shelters and affordable housing options developed by HomeAid Orange County since their founding in 1989.
“This is all about our community coming together to support families, especially those with young children, who are faced with the difficult decision of having to choose between food for their families or diapers,” said Gina Scott, HomeAid Orange County Executive Director. “Donating online is an easy way we can all make a difference during this pandemic that has left families experiencing homelessness struggling even more than before.” Items collected will be distributed to 16 of HomeAid’s non-profit service provider partners who operate housing and shelters developed by HomeAid Orange County. Complete information about how to donate, become a sponsor, or host a collection site, is available at www.homeaidessentials.org.
About HomeAid Orange County
HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with the vision and purpose to end homelessness. Through its mission of building new lives for families and individuals experiencing homelessness through housing and community outreach, HomeAid acts as a non-profit developer of housing for non-profits that serve those experiencing homelessness. Because of HomeAid Orange County’s unique model based on in-kind donations of resources and labor, which comes as a result of the organizations founding by the Building Industry Association, each HomeAid housing development saves the recipient non-profit 30% of market rate cost or more. Since 1989, HomeAid Orange County has developed 68 different types of housing, ranging from emergency shelters to affordable housing options, for those experiencing homelessness. Tragically thousands are still in need of shelter each and every day. To help solve this social crisis, new housing developments are being planned and constructed throughout Orange County by HomeAid. For more information, please visit www.homeaidoc.org.
About First 5 Orange County / Children and Families Commission
The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. Funds help pay for education, health care and child development programs for children from birth to five and their families. The Commission’s goal is to ensure all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school. For more information, please visit www.occhildrenandfamilies.com.