The Coalition’s direct service programs joined together today for a Mother’s Day of Caring on Friday, May 8th to provide support to pregnant women, dads, babies and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Diapers, wipes, disinfectant supplies, masks/gloves and health information related to the pandemic were provided to hundreds of families.
The day allowed the agency and its individual programs to provide support, much-needed baby items and critical education to families in the region during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. At Pearl Plaza, 450 cars participated in a drive-through community distribution, organized by Fatherhood PRIDE, Healthy Families Jacksonville and the Community Programs Office (CONNECT, Healthy Start and Seeking Safety). The Magnolia Project coordinated a separate event, distributing items to 100 families’ doorsteps.
The programs distributed:
- 84,960 diapers
- 255,000 wipes
- 125 pregnancy tests
- 4,800 ounces of powder formula
- 800 pairs of gloves
- 500 disposable masks
The event was was funded in part by the First Coast Relief Fund, which provided a grant to purchase supplies for families.
The Coalition hold another similar event for Father’s Day in June.