In 2019, we were able to bring iN $62,000 worth of baby necessities for our military families facing a financial crisis. The supply was depleted in 6 months. After seeing this need in our community, we knew we had to do something big. This year's goal is $80,000 in baby hygiene products, with 10% in monetary donations due to the pandemic.
Service member picks up diapers at STEP's Emergency Food & Diaper Drive-Thru Distribution in March 2020.
Military spouse and child smile after receiving diapers at Ft Irwin's Military Month of the Child event in April 2019.
Collection Bin Drop-Off
STEP is proud to partner with many local organizations to collect items. Consider stopping by one of our local supporters. Interested in hosting a collection bin? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
5,600 families served through the Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) program
In 2020, more than 136, 210 diapers delivered to local military families
Jessica Sommers represents Navy Federal with their 2020 Baby Drive contribution!
STEP Volunteer places diapers in service members' trunk at an Emergency Food & Diaper Distro in January 2021.
US Bank staff members celebrate a successful Baby Drive in early 2020.
Millennium Health went all out in 2019 in support of STEP's Annual Baby Drive.
FAQs About Our Event
What is a virtual baby drive?
To reduce exposure, we understand some may not feel comfortable with in-person drop-offs. We offer you the opportunity to shop online for baby basics! Your donation will be donated directly to STEP to support military and Veteran families.
What is the benefit of a virtual drive?
Financial donations help us to keep our volunteers, staff, and donors safe! It also allows us to buy what’s needed in bulk at reduced rates. That means your donation makes even more impact!
What if I don't want to use the virtual store?
STEP is accepting general donations as well as in-kind drop-offs and gift card donations. To donate online click here and specify that you are donating to our Baby Drive program. If you would like to drop-off or mail we are accepting donations in San Diego and Orange County. You are also welcome to visit one of our collection bin sites (coming soon).
Orange County: 1631 Sunflower Avenue Suite C34
Santa Ana, CA 02704 by appointment only please email email@example.com
San Diego: 9915 Businesspark Ave, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92131 between 9 AM - 2 PM Monday - Friday.
How do you decide who receives the baby items?
Great question! Our social workers counsel each applicant to ensure they get what they need. If you know any military or Veteran families in need, invite them to apply at stepsocal.org/wow.
Can I attend the baby shower?
STEP hosts Drive-Thru distributions for our military families to get their basic needs items. Due to COVID-19, we are not hosting in-person events. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our distributions please sign up for our Volunteer Newsletter!
Can I see where our donations go?
Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter to see photos from our Emergency Food & Diaper distributions where our clients to pick up their goodies from the safety of their vehicles!
How else can I help?
Help us spread the word about our Baby Drive by sharing information with your family, friends, and coworkers.
A month’s supply of diapers is approximately $40, almost $500 a year, a large sum of money to families in financial crisis. It is estimated that our families are short 30 diapers a month for their children. Our service members are proudly defending our country and at STEP we believe no one should debate between paying the electric bill or buying diapers.
Fill your basket with baby hygiene items for our military and Veteran families! Either select the individual items or you can click "Baby Hygiene Bag" to select a month's supply.
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