The teachers and families of The Center for the Development of Children (CDC) recently partnered with Horizons for Homeless Children to assist those in need.
The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and help their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services.
The CDC was shocked to learn that there were 16,000 homeless children under the age of 5 in the state of Massachusetts.
Horizons for Homeless Children provides high quality early education and care to the children, while they support their families and help them back onto their feet. They serve more than 2,000 homeless children each week. Tara Spalding (chief development and marketing officer, local Dover mom, and parent of three CDC alumni) and Christine Meagher (assistant director of annual giving and special events) spoke with the CDC about their program. It left the CDC community feeling thankful for what they have, and gave them the desire to want to help.
Besides this huge number of these 16,000 children being homeless, the other fact that really floored the CDC was the amount of money Horizons for Homeless Children spends yearly on diapers and wipes alone: upwards of $50,000.
To help them out, the CDC had a diaper and wipe drive, and were able to donate 2,668 diapers, 8,696 wipes, and diaper cream.