HomeAid Inland Empire "Essentials" Collection Campaign Gathers Over 4,300 Baby Items for Homeless Families
RIVERSIDE, CA (June 12) --- HomeAid Inland Empire recently completed its annual Essentials for Young Lives campaign, a community-wide effort to gather much-needed baby care items for homeless families with infants and toddlers in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
More than 4,300 items, including nearly 2,500 disposable diapers, as well as baby shampoo, wipes, and lotions, baby food, and a variety of paper products were received during a seven-day period in May at 30 collection locations throughout the Inland Empire.
Many of the collected Essentials items were donated to the Path of Life Ministries homeless family shelters in Riverside, as well as the Mary's Mercy Center Veronica's Home facility for homeless women and their children in San Bernardino. The remaining items will be given to various locations operated by HomeAid service provider partners in the Inland Empire, including Project T.O.U.C.H. in Temecula and the Corona Rescue Mission.
"We were extremely gratified by the outstanding support we enjoyed from the business community and our corporate partners throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties who participated in this year's Essentials drive," said Ray Osborne, Executive Director for HomeAid Inland Empire, in announcing the results of the campaign.
"We are looking forward to working again with these great partners and others like Stater Bros. Markets to present our annual Full Bellies, Warm Hearts community involvement events on September 29 and October 6 to benefit residents at two family shelter facilities, one in San Bernardino and the other in Riverside.
HomeAid Inland Empire is the charitable arm of the Riverside County and Baldy View Building Industry Association (BIA) chapters, and is a non-profit organization that works with various service providers to renovate and build shelters to temporarily house homeless individuals and families in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Over the past 22 years, HomeAid Inland Empire has completed more than 20 shelter facilities housing over 660 beds, valued in excess of $16.2 million, with the Inland Empire homebuilding industry providing more than $5.4 million in funds as well as in-kind donations of labor and materials.
HomeAid Inland Empire recently completed major renovation work on a building housing 40 beds at the Mary's Mercy Center Veronica's Home shelter in San Bernardino, as well as working with the Children's Fund of San Bernardino County to renovate the 12-bed Our House runaway and homeless youth shelter in Redlands, the first facility of its kind in San Bernardino County.
In the fall of this year, the organization will be involved with a renovation project at the Operation SafeHouse Transitional Living Center in Riverside.
For more information about the HomeAid Inland Empire, please visit the organization's website at homeaidie.org to learn about current shelter projects or make a donation.
For information contact: Ray Osborne 949/510-6185
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