Today HomeAid Orange County, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, hosted the second annual “Builders for Babies” diaper drive and competition. In just four hours, the event collected more than one million diapers.
The event benefits HomeAid’s 2016 Essentials donation drive, an effort to collect baby items, such as diapers, baby food, wipes and other hygiene items, for homeless mothers and families with children the week before Mother’s Day across Orange County. Items collected will be distributed to non-profit providers who operate housing and shelters built in partnership with HomeAid Orange County to serve homeless families and pregnant mothers.
“We are very proud of the diaper house Lennar constructed and are pleased the building industry came together to support HomeAid’s Essentials donation drive again this year,” stated John Lavendar, Lennar. “This friendly competition is a great outlet for the industry be creative and have fun but also meet the basic needs of mothers and children who may be struggling in the county.”
Southern California’s Premier Homebuilders who participated in the competition include Lennar, William Lyon Homes, Toll Brothers, Brookfield Residential, CalAtlantic Homes as well as Next Gen, BIASC Orange County Chapter and the YMCA of Orange County.
The structures were judged by Undersheriff Don Barnes, City of Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray, City of Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Bucknum, Wahoo’s Owner Wing Lam and Greer Wylder of Greer’s OC. “What an honor to be at Angel Stadium to help jump start HomeAid’s Annual Essentials donation drive in Orange County with over one million diapers,” stated Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray. “It is wonderful to see so many great community partners come together to help the most vulnerable in our community.” Lennar was awarded The Grand Award for Best in Show and the People’s Choice Award was awarded to CalAtlantic Homes with Brookfield Homes a close second.
Builders for Babies and HomeAid’s 2016 Essentials campaign partners include the Angels Baseball Foundation, Bank of America, Five Point Communities, OC Food Bank, Reliable Lumber, The New Home Company, UPS and the HomeAid Essentials public donation drop off locations will be located throughout the next week leading up to the Mother’s Day holiday. A complete list of drop off locations and additional information about the donation drive is available at www.homeaidessentials.org. For more information, please visit buildersforbabies.com.
HomeAid Orange County
HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with the vision and purpose to end homelessness. Through its mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, HomeAid, develops housing, advocates and provides service in the community to the homeless. For more information, please visit www.homeaidoc.org.