May 4, 2015 (Costa Mesa, California) – HomeAid Orange County recently kicked off their 2015 Essentials campaign with their Builders for Babies event on Friday, May 1. The event, which took place at the former L.A. Times building in Costa Mesa, was used to collect diapers that will be distributed to local Orange County shelters to support families and their children who are homeless.
HomeAid OC, along with the help of hundreds of volunteers, and homebuilders, Lennar Homes, Shea Homes, The New Home Company, Toll Brothers and William Lyon Homes, built elaborate housing structures made out of diapers to bring awareness to the need, as members of the building industry came in large numbers and donated nearly 1.3 million diapers in one day.
As the official campaign kick-off, more than 200 other locations across Orange County are also conducting drives now through Mother’s Day.HomeAid OC, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, is also hoping to collect other Essential items, such as baby food, formula, baby wipes, and clothes, for the homeless children of Orange County.
A typical baby needs 10-12 diapers a day, and toddlers need approximately 8 diapers. But because diapers are not covered by social welfare systems like WIC or food stamps, and are considered “hygiene items,” 36 percent of mothers living in poverty regularly run out of clean diapers for their infant, which makes the HomeAid Essentials campaign so important.
Families represent 63 percent of those living in Orange County shelters and they are in need of these basic essential items. Nearly 13,000 individuals experience homelessness each year in Orange County. And about 1 in 20 mothers has had to cut back on other purchases to pay for diapers and has also had to reuse a disposable diaper which exposes the baby to infections and other health risks.
HomeAid Essentials is a program that brings together the entire community to help and encourage homeless families and ensure the health of babies by providing a basic need - diapers. The simple donation of a box of baby wipes multiplied by thousands can change lives.
For 26 years, HomeAid Orange County’s mission and vision has been to end homelessness and it accomplishes this goal through advocacy, development and service. Builders for Babies, a new marquee event of the Essentials campaign, is just one of the many ways this organization continues to do so. To learn more about Essentials and how you can help, visit homeaidoc.org.
Check out this fun video to see the activities of the day and to see the amazing diaper houses the home builders constructed out of diapers!