ALEXANDRIA, VA – HomeAid Northern Virginia, the Virginia chapter of HomeAid America and the philanthropic arm of Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) will collect diapers for local nonprofits now through June 19th. The diaper drive is part of the annual “Builders for Babies Drive”.
The cost of disposable diapers is nearly $1,000 a year per child which is a huge expense for families already struggling to make ends meet. It can mean the difference between parents trying to stretch supplies by leaving diapers on their babies too long or reusing diapers, leading to painful diaper rash and discomfort.
“Volunteerism and collection drives often surge around the winter holidays, and with feedback from our non-profit partners, we are shifting our annual Builders for Babies diaper and wipes drive to the weeks between Mother’s Day (May 8th) and Father’s Day (June 19th). This change will ensure that we align with a time when our partners are both in critical need of supplies and when they have the capacity to store them,” said Kristyn Burr, HomeAid Northern Virginia Executive Director & CEO.
This type of donation is critical because diapers and wipes cannot be purchased using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Diapers can be bought with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) however, the funds are typically insufficient to buy diapers and pay other expenses.
Individuals, organizations and groups are encouraged to organize and host a diaper drive in order to help keep our tiniest Virginia residents safe and dry. If you would like to host a drive and need a collection box, flyer or more information to get started please contact Georgeanne Harter at 703.953.3525 or [email protected].
Participating companies and individuals can also schedule a time to drop off donations at 3684 Centerview Drive, Suite 110B Chantilly, VA 20151 or send diapers/wipes directly to the HomeAid Northern Virginia office through the Amazon wish list. All donations collected will be distributed to HomeAid Northern Virginia’s nonprofit partners that focus on alleviating poverty and ending homelessness.
About HomeAid Northern Virginia
HANV brings together local non-profit service providers with the local homebuilder community to build/renovate homeless shelters, housing facilities and community spaces for programs serving those experiencing homelessness. These collaborative partnerships enable homebuilders to do what they do best (build) and service providers to do what they do best (provide housing and critical wraparound services). HANV has completed more than 160 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 197,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.