April 29 - May 7, 2019
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.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.
"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." - Stacey B. Jones, Children's Services Leader, Atlanta Mission
"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? 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.
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.
To find a public drop off location near you, click here.
Click the buttons below for an Essentials flyer, 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