Thousands of babies in Orange County – and their parents – can take comfort: a newly launched local Diaper Bank has their bottom line covered.
Through a partnership between the OC Food Bank and HomeAid Orange County, about 1 million diapers and baby items will be distributed over the next few weeks to charitable agencies and groups that operate shelters and serve needy families with children.
And that’s just the start.
On Friday, representatives from local nonprofits who operate shelters that HomeAid has built or renovated arrived in SUVs, vans, and trucks to pick up their allotments of Huggies, Pampers, Luvs and other disposable diaper brands.
“For us, it’s a huge savings,” Theresa Murphy, executive director of Precious Life Shelter, said of the money the Los Alamitos home for pregnant homeless women won’t have to spend on diapers. “It’s thousands of dollars a month.”
Other donated baby goods to be distributed included strollers and car seats, clothing, baby food, and wipes – lots of wipes.
“Everybody gets about 20,000 to 22,000 baby wipes,” said Gina Scott, director of community engagement for HomeAid, a charitable project started in 1989 by the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s Orange County chapter.
HomeAid’s focus is to end homelessness through housing and outreach.