April 26, 2016 Article Published

The HomeAid Essentials Donation Drive is going to be held from April 29 to May 8 in Orange County.  The HomeAid of Orange County, a charitable arm of Orange County’s Building Industry Association, and the Children and Families Association of Orange County have held this drive for the last eight years.

The Drive collects diapers and other hygiene products for homeless mothers and homeless families in shelters that need these essential goods so that the money normally spent on the donations can be spent to help the families get back on their feet.  I wrote a preview for the drive as a whole and for its opening “Builders for Babies” event that will be on Friday the 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Angel’s Stadium.  If you live in the area, be sure to come to the event!  Not only will you be supporting an important cause, but you’ll get to watch professional homebuilders create structures out of empty diaper boxes.

One major responsibility of being an assistant for the Daily Titan’s editorial staff, at least in the news department, is actually writing deadline stories.  In my experience, news is a very fickle and ever changing subject.  Plenty of news happens the night of a deadline (especially on a daily paper) and comes out totally unannounced for one reason or another.  Many of the stories I’ve written have been given to me on deadline, since a paper always needs content and staff writers aren’t always the most reliable or convenient sources on a last minute basis.

This story was actually a pleasure for me to write as far as deadline night stories go, however.  Not only is the event itself important and interesting, but the source I was able to get in touch with for such a last-minute bit of coverage was more helpful than I could ever ask for, making the story much easier to complete.

If you want to see the story in its entirety, you can see it here.  You can also check out my whole archive of work for the Daily Titan through the link over on the right!


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