HomeAid Colorado Teaming up with Local Businesses to Help Young Families

May 08, 2014, 15:36 ET from HomeAid Colorado

DENVER, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAid Colorado, a non-profit organization that builds new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, is hosting an "Essentials for Young Lives Drive" aimed at collecting diapers, wipes and formula for young families.  Donated items will benefit Denver Rescue Mission and Volunteers of America emergency shelter and transitional housing residents.

The drive kicks off on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014. Collection sites are set up across the Denver Metro area, where people can drop off and donate product or cash. The drive culminates on Father's Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014. For a full list of donation sites, visit www.homeaidcolorado.org/Essentials.

In a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, 30 percent of women interviewed said they'd experienced a time when they couldn't afford to buy diapers. Eight percent said they would "stretch" diapers, leaving a wet or dirty diaper on their child longer than they should.

Through HomeAid Colorado's work it sees families in crisis and looks for ways it can help those families get back on their feet. HomeAid's focus is on building homes and shelters, but "Essentials for Young Lives Drive" is another very tangible way to provide immediate help and support to families in need.

Families can spend upwards of $80 a month on diapers for one child. Food costs are more, but families can find food banks or tap into public assistance to help feed themselves. On the other hand, little if any help exists to supply families who desperately need it, with diapers, wipes and formula. That's why HomeAid has asked individuals and local businesses to help collect the essentials young families need to care for and raise healthy children.

Businesses and organizations that are helping with the drive or that have set up donation sites include Stapleton and Copperleaf communities, Trulia, Lennar, KB Homes Academy Mortgage, Century Communities, Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, David Weekly Homes, Wonderland Homes, Bank of America, McGeady Sisneros, Henry Walker Homes, Berkeley Homes, Innovative Real Estate Group, ANB Bank, Re/Max Masters, Osmosis Art + Architecture and Philosophy Communication.

For more information about HomeAid, the "Essentials for Young Lives Drive" or how you can help, visit www.homeaidcolorado.org.

SOURCE HomeAid Colorado