As mothers ourselves (with six kids, ages 8 & under, between us) Coleen & I can’t even imagine how difficult life would be without so many of the essentials that we take for granted each and every day. That’s why were are such big, no, make that HUGE supporters of the Essentials for Young Lives Drive sponsored by HomeAid Orange County in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and the YMCA of Orange County.

We’ve been busy gathering our donation of diapers, baby wipes, baby food and other baby hygiene products & encourage YOU do the same! Over 40 companies, community organizations and churches throughout Orange County have volunteered to serve as donation sites for this year’s Essentials for Young Lives Drive, Saturday, April 24th – Saturday, April 29th. This coming (Saturday, April 24th) the you can take your Essentials for Young Lives Drive donations to their kick off party at the Irvine Spectrum Center, from 1pm – 4pm. Or, drop off your donations at any THESE public drop off sites throughout the week.

You probably don’t realize it, but there are over 35,00 homeless people in Orange County on any given night. As you can imagine, needs for these essentials has greatly increased over the past year. The first year of the Essentials for Young Lives Drive over 117,000 essentials were collected. Last year that number rose to more than 145,000 & this year they are hoping to “blow the numbers out of the park” & hit a whooping 250,000 essentials collected! Let’s help make it happen!

Get your kids involved. Gather all the essentials you can (I have it on high authority that diapers are the most needed items, so… Wahoo’s Fish Taco’s will be giving a free taco coupon to each of the first 200 people who donate a box of diapers on Saturday, at the Spectrum), & please please please (with a cherry on top) help us, help the Orange County homeless. This one project that Coleen & I definitely hold dear to our hearts, so take a moment, and decide what you can donate to the Essentials for Young Lives Drive.

xoxo, K

image via HomeAid Orange County

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