Nearly 30 percent of new families in Central Florida have had to cut back on food, childcare and utilities to be able to afford enough diapers to change their newborns on a regular basis. That is why the Heart of Florida United Way is stepping in with its Basics for Babies supply drive, which is now in its fifth year. The drive benefits at-risk families and infants in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
Individuals and businesses are encouraged to host collection drives or to donate items directly to the United Way. Needed items include diapers, wipes, formula, new infant apparel (0-24 months) and new blankets. United Way will collect, assemble and deliver care packages to families in need through partner agencies: BETA Center, Harbor House of Central Florida, SafeHouse of Seminole, Salvation Army Orlando, Help Now of Osceola Inc., Heart of Florida United Way Emergency Homelessness Services and more.
Supply drives will be held through Dec. 7, and all donations are due to the United Way by Dec. 9.
Heart of Florida United Way
1940 Traylor Blvd.
Orlando, Fla. 32804