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March 30, 2012

HOMEAID ATLANTA GEARING UP FOR 2012 ESSENTIALS FOR YOUNG LIVES® DRIVE

HomeAid Atlanta11th annual drive to benefit homeless moms and babies, April 30 – May 7

ATLANTA – March 28, 2012 – HomeAid Atlanta announced today its 2012 Essentials for Young Lives® Drive will take place April 30 – May 7 in honor of Mother’s Day.  The 11th annual drive is a community-wide effort to collect “essential” baby items for homeless mothers and their infants.  Items being collected include diapers, baby wipes, baby food, formula and baby hygiene products, all in an effort to provide aid to one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population – women with children.

Everything collected through the drive will be distributed by HomeAid to local nonprofit organizations serving homeless families and children in the metro Atlanta area.
 
Businesses, community organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the drive by collecting essential baby items from amongst their employees, customers, members, friends and families.

Donations of new items can be dropped off at any of the designated drop-off sites located around the metro Atlanta area, including HomeAid’s office in Tucker. A list of drop-off sites is available online at www.homeaidatlanta.org/dropoff. Donations can also be made online through HomeAid Atlanta’s baby registry at Target.com. To access the registry, enter “HomeAid” for the registrant’s first name and “Atlanta” for the last name.  All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

To date, nearly 30 local companies and organizations have committed their support to the 2012 Essentials for Young Lives Drive, including The Atlanta Academy, Atlanta Remodelers Council, Atlanta Sales & Marketing Council, Back to Back Chiropractic, Bank of America, Boral Bricks, Brock Built, CBRE, CharterBank, Coldwell Banker NRT Development Advisors, Dunwoody Baptist Church, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, Guaranty Mortgage, I-Design, IIDA Student Chapter of the Art Institute of Atlanta, John Willis Homes, LoanSouth Mortgage, Mast Custom Woodworks, Monte Hewett Homes, O’Kelley & Sorohan, Oneida Builders, Physiotherapy Associates – Lenox, Smyrna Community Center, State Bank & Trust Company, SunTrust, Technology Dependent Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite Campus, Upper Cervical Health Centers of America, and Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco.  Many of these partners have already started collecting items for the drive.

Atlanta-based UPS is joining hands with HomeAid Atlanta for the sixth year to assist with delivering all the donated items to seven local nonprofit organizations that provide housing and supportive services to homeless families and young children.  These organizations operate facilities that have been built in partnership with HomeAid Atlanta and include Decatur Cooperative Ministry (Decatur), Genesis – A New Life (Atlanta), HomeStretch (Roswell), My House (Canton), Phoenix Pass (Conyers), Tapestry Youth Ministries (College Park and Fairburn) and The Drake House (Roswell).  The items will be delivered just before Mother’s Day, providing critical support to these organizations and the mothers and babies they serve.

The Essentials for Young Lives Drive was first launched in Atlanta in 2002, and since then more than 300,000 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 2012 Essentials for Young Lives Drive, visit www.homeaidatlanta.org/dropoff or contact HomeAid Atlanta at 678-775-1401. HomeAid Atlanta


About HomeAid Atlanta:Founded in 2001, HomeAid Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in partnership with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and is a local chapter of HomeAid America, a leading national provider of transitional housing for the temporarily homeless. The HomeAid mission is to build and maintain dignified housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives. HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between homeless service providers, builders, trade partners and community volunteers.  To date, HomeAid Atlanta has completed 16 housing developments that serve the temporarily homeless, including victims of domestic violence, teen mothers, abused and abandoned children, and homeless families.

For more information about HomeAid Atlanta, visit www.homeaidatlanta.org

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