Heart of Florida United Way Volunteers Assemble Care Packages for Local At-Risk Mothers and Infants
“Basics for Babies” Community Supply Drive Provides Essentials During the Holidays
As part of the organization’s focus on healthy children and families, Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) recently concluded its “Basics For Babies” community supply drive which benefits at-risk mothers and infants in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties just in time for the holiday season. Since October, companies and individuals have collected vital infant care items such as diapers, wipes and formula.
On Friday, Volunteers assembled packages which will be delivered to Central Florida families through HFUW partner agencies like BETA Center, SafeHouse of Seminole, Harbor House, Coalition for the Homeless, Help Now of Osceola and Orlando Day Nursery.
“The community support we received this year was amazing,” said Robert H. (Bob) Brown, president and CEO of Heart of Florida United Way. “Thanks to the generosity of many outstanding people and organizations, hundreds of Central Florida newborns will have a much a happier, healthier holiday season.”
According to a recent study, concerns over how to pay for diapers are now among the top stressors for low income parents, next to food and housing. Up to 30 percent of new mothers are not able to afford enough diapers to change their babies as often as needed, and researchers found that as many as one in three mothers had cut back significantly on food, childcare, or utilities just to afford diapers for their newborn.
“The holiday season is an especially hard time for parents to have to choose between the basic needs of their babies and the overall household needs, let alone worry about holiday presents,” said Mata Dennis, Executive Director, Orlando Day Nursery. “Thanks to the generosity of our community and the collaborative effort of the Heart of Florida United Way, we are now able to provide assistance at a time of year when these families need it the most.”