Monday, Nov. 15, marks the start of the 12th Annual Baby Diaper Drive . The Valleywide drive, which runs through Jan. 30, supports moms and babies at Homeward Bound by providing diapers, wipes, formula and emergency funds.
Homeward Bound is a transitional housing program for homeless women and domestic violence victims with children in metropolitan Phoenix. The organization’s mission is to assist families in achieving economic independence; securing long-term, safe, decent and affordable housing; and break multi-generational cycles of homelessness and domestic violence.
“I joined the board at Homeward Bound in 1997 and learned a lot about family needs, such as the fact that diapers, shampoo, wipes and other paper products couldn’t be purchased with food stamps,” Eileen Rogers, diaper drive founder and president of Allegra Marketing and Print. “I also learned how expensive formula was and heard stories about moms who were going without food so they could purchase various items for their babies. [Through the] Baby Diaper Drive we can intervene and ensure that babies have clean, dry bottoms, adequate formula, baby food, safe car seats, cribs and funds to meet emergency needs — because no child should go without these necessities.”
Those interested in helping out can donate baby goods or give to the Baby Emergency Fund; host a Baby Drive at their company, school, church, or community group; create a holiday or family event that involves children learning the importance of giving or simply join the group’s Facebook to help spread the word.
“Our goal is to raise $75,000 in Emergency Baby Funds and to collect 100,000 diapers,” Rogers says. “Every donation matters — regardless of size. We accept loose diapers as well as packaged ones.”
For more information and to find drop-off locations, visit babydrive.org/.