What is the Essentials Drive? The Essentials Drive is HomeAid’s annual community-wide drive to collect “essentials” such as diapers, baby wipes, baby food and formula for homeless infants and toddlers. The drive, held annually since 2002, is conducted in conjunction with Mother’s Day, providing a great opportunity to help homeless mothers and their babies. Sadly, an estimated 7,500 people in Metro Atlanta are homeless on any given night and almost 50% are women and children. Thanks to the support of people like you, this drive has collected over a million essential baby items, assisting hundreds of moms and babies in the metro Atlanta area. Thank you Atlanta for your overwhelming support of the 2018 Essentials Drive (April 30 - May 8). Approximately 200,000 Essentials Drive items were donated to 25 metro Atlanta nonprofits serving homeless children and families, with a value of almost $35,000 – the most successful Essentials Drive to date!
What people are saying about the 2018 Essentials Drive:
"Thank you for the recent drive and subsequent delivery of needed items to our shelter. We currently house around 85-100 children and were in desperate need of pull-ups, larger diapers, and hygiene items, among the other items brought by HomeAid Atlanta. As a shelter, we rely on the generosity and support of organizations like HomeAid to be able to provide services continuously and safely to our clients. Without being able to meet the basic physical needs of our children, we would not be able to work beyond that to meet their social, emotional, and educational/developmental needs. This allows us to work with children and their families to reach a place where they are no longer concerned for day to day necessities, but contributing to society and living lives that go beyond their next meal, diaper, or bath. Thank you so much for your professionality and support! We are hopeful that you will continue the work you do so that we can continue to partner with you in creating a better future for these children and their families." - Stacey B. Jones, Children's Services Leader, Atlanta Mission
"We received many, many donations from the Essentials Drive. On behalf of City of Refuge staff and residents, we would like to say thank you so much. HomeAid Atlanta has truly gone above and beyond in supporting our families here at City of Refuge. Thank you for supporting our mission and bringing light, hope and transformation to our families that are in need." - Regina Holloway, Residential Service Advocate, City of Refuge
What items are collected each year? Essential items needed include diapers (size 1 to 5), pull-ups (size 4 & 5) baby wipes, baby food (stage one to toddler), formula, and baby laundry detergent. Monetary donations and gift cards (ex. Target, Walmart & Babies-R-Us) are also accepted. The greatest need is for diapers, baby wipes, baby food and formula.
Where can I drop off my donations? In 2018, more than 60 locations were proivded as public drop-off sites!
Can I donate online? Yes! Each year HomeAid provides online baby registries so that anyone can support the drive from the comfort of your home! Cash donations are also accepted.
Are there any items that are not accepted? Yes, unfortunately we cannot accept used items. All items must be new and in original packaging.
Where do the collected items go? All items collected are distributed to local nonprofit organizations serving homeless families and children. Several of these organizations operate facilities built in partnership with HomeAid Atlanta. The following groups received 2018 donations:
Action Ministries, Atlanta Children's Shelter, Atlanta Dream Center, Atlanta Mission - My Sister's House, Community Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPN), City of Refuge, Decatur Cooperative Ministry: Family House & Hagar's House, Family Promise of Hall County, HavenATL, Helping Mamas, HomeStretch, House of Dawn, MUST Ministries, New American Pathways, Nicholas House, Our House, Phoenix Pass, Rainbow Village, Salvation Army- Red Shield Services, Sheltering Arms, Sheltering Grace Ministry, Solomon's Temple, The Drake House, and United Methodist Children's Home
HomeAid thanks Meridian Brick & Masonry Supply for generously providing their Smyrna warehouse for the 2018 Essentials Drive.
If you have any questions about the 2018 Essentials Drive, please contact Jean Hilyard, firstname.lastname@example.org or 678.775.1424.
Thank you to the following companies/groups that held an Essentials Drive in 2018:
American Family Insurance - Robin Mitchell Agency; Ameris Bank; Ashton Woods; Atlantis Granite & Marble; Bank of America LEAD for Women, Atlanta Chapter; BankSouth Mortgage; BMC; Boral Industries; CBRE; Cecily Stevens Zumba; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta -Scottish Rite: Technology Dependent ICU; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Denim Marketing; Ed Voyles Chrysler; Fifth Third Bank; Fitness Together; Ganek, PC; Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association; Haven Design Works; Healthquest Chiropractic; Honest-1 Autocare; Interior Specialists, Inc.; Kiwanis Club of Druid Hills; Making A Way Housing; McMichael & Gray, PC, Attorneys at Law; Meridian Brick & Masonry Supply; Modern Image Scanning - Atlanta; Monte Hewett Homes; Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP; Northwest Exterminating; NterNow; O'Kelley & Sorohan, Attorneys at Law; Out Front Media; Paran Homes; Professional Women in Building Council; State Bank & Trust Company; SunTrust; Sutter, McLellan & Gilbreath, Inc.; Tallulah Montessori; Taylor Morrison; The Framing Studio; Thrive Wellness Center; and Vinings Financial Services, Inc.
Click the buttons below for an Essentials flyer (e-mail Jean for customizable flyer for your location), a "How to" document and collection bin posters. Collection site yard signs available upon request.
Essentials Flyer How to Host a Drive Place Donations Here posters