BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The 23ABC Diaper Drive kicks off Monday with the goal of helping families that need it the most. For a second year in a row, the drive benefits the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and the Bakersfield Homeless Center.
Jamie Goins has been living at the Bakersfield Homeless Center with her two young children since April after reaching the end of her rope.
"The resources the shelter has are amazing, they have gotten me into counseling, housing and other resources that I wasn't aware of," said Goins.
One of those resources also includes daycare services for families living at the shelter.
"My daughter loves them and the staff love them as their own children," said Goins.
Children from newborn to kinder age are the Discovery Depot daycare center each day. Staff teach children their ABC's and also offer meals, snacks and even diapers for families in need.
The National Diaper Bank Network reports that 1 in 3 families experience "diaper need," which they describe as "not being able to afford the diapers needed to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy."
Goins says staying at the Bakersfield Homeless Center has been a total blessing leading to a renewed sense of faith and restored hope.
"I've been working with a pastor on campus and just going through a lot of healing and a lot of emotional changes," said Goins.
Jamie says she's on track with getting her life back and also becoming a better mother.
"It has helped me turn my life around for the better and I'm so grateful for that," said Goins.
You can drop off your diaper donations at the following locations:
9902 Brimhall Rd. #100, Bakersfield, CA
9802 Stockdale Hwy. Ste. B, Bakersfield, CA
3400 Calloway Dr. #302, Bakersfield, CA
7th & 650 F. St., Wasco, CA
825 Central Valley Hwy, Shafter, CA
900 Kern St. Unit A, Taft, CA