Essentials for Young Lives DriveJoin HomeAid Atlanta in their community-wide effort to collect “essential” baby items for homeless mothers and children during the 12th annual Essentials for Young Lives® Drive, which will take place April 29 through May 6, 2013 in honor of Mother’s Day.

The items being collected include diapers, baby wipes, baby food, formula and baby hygiene products. Everything collected through the drive will be distributed by HomeAid to local nonprofit organizations that serve homeless families and children in the metro area.

Businesses, community organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate by collecting these essential items from your employees, customers, members, friends and family. You can act as a host collection site or bring your donations to any public drop-off site, including the HomeAid office in Tucker. To view a list of drop-off sites, visit www.homeaidatlanta.org/dropoff. To access HomeAid Atlanta’s baby registry at Target, search “HomeAid” as the first name and “Atlanta” as the last name.

Essentials for Young Lives DriveAtlanta-based UPS will be assisting with the delivery of these items just before Mother’s Day for the seventh year in a row. The eight local nonprofit beneficiaries include Decatur Cooperative Ministry (Decatur), Genesis – A New Life (Atlanta), HomeStretch (Roswell), My House (Canton), Phoenix Pass (Conyers), Rainbow Village (Duluth), Tapestry Youth Ministries (College Park and Fairburn) and The Drake House (Roswell).

Since the drive was first launched in 2002, more than 360,000 essential baby items have been distributed to homeless mothers and their babies. As the growth in homeless families increases the demand for homeless services, the need for essential baby items continues to grow.  This Mother’s Day, it is HomeAid’s desire to honor and celebrate mothers by ensuring they are given the tools to provide for their children’s needs.

To learn more about the 2013 Essentials for Young Lives Drive, contact HomeAid Atlanta at 678-775-1401 or homeaid@atlantahomebuilders.com.

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