Mandy Crater with HomeAid Atlanta talks about the Essentials Drive

Executive Director Mandy Crater with HomeAid Atlanta joins the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio podcast to discuss volunteer and support opportunities, including the Essentials Drive. Crater joins host Carol Morgan on the All About Real Estate segment.

Starting her career with HomeAid Atlanta in April 2015, Crater has been with the organization for eight years. HomeAid first appeared in the Atlanta market in 2001 and has made an incredible impact on the community with the mission to build lives for families and individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness through construction, education and community outreach.

Working with existing non-profits that provide housing for the homeless, HomeAid Atlanta receives discounts and donations from the building industry when non-profit partners have construction needs. With the average age of individuals experiencing homelessness in metro Atlanta being around nine years, several mothers, children and babies are in difficult living situations.

Crater said, “It’s about $80 per baby for diapers (a month).”

Homeaid Atlanta essentials drive

For over 20 years, HomeAid Atlanta has hosted the Essentials Drive to help provide essentials for those in need. Throughout April, the organization collects diapers and wipes to distribute to non-profit partners serving mothers and babies experiencing or at risk of homelessness. UPS delivers the essentials to those in need the Friday before Mother’s Day. Unlike snap benefits and food stamps, wipes and diapers are not supported by any safety net.

On the HomeAid Atlanta website, prospective participants can find a map displaying each drop-off location. The organization offers additional opportunities for others to collect internally with co-workers and options for public-facing intuitions, such as banks, grocery stores and churches, to become public collection sites. The drive ends on May 10, and all donations will be sorted May 12 for distribution.

Crater said, “We are getting back to the way we used to do things before 2020…there is a lot more personal touch involved and more people hosting collection sites that didn’t in the past.”

For individuals who live out of state or cannot visit a collection site, other ways of contributing include financial donations and purchasing from organization registries. Registries can be found on Amazon and Target under the first name HomeAid and last name Atlanta.  To donate financially, visit the HomeAid Atlanta website, search for the ‘Donate Now’ button and specify essentials. The organization can fill donation gaps with monetary donations after the last drop-off day.

Essentials Drive items requested:

  • Diapers (Infant, Pull-Ups, and Overnight)
  • Unscented Baby Wipes
  • Funds (used to purchase diapers and wipes)

All donations must be new, in original packaging.

Visit to donate! 

  • Find a list of over 30 Essentials Drive collection sites currently accepting donations of diapers and baby wipes. This information is updated regularly.
  • Access online baby registries at Amazon and Target to have donations shipped directly to HomeAid Atlanta.

Following the Essentials Drive, all donations will be distributed to participating HomeAid Atlanta service provider partners serving families with children at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.

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