“Stuff The Bus” To Help Kids This Sunday At Burien Chevrolet

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WestSide Baby’s 9th Annual “Stuff the Bus” Diaper Drive is coming to Burien Chevrolet this Sunday, July 19th from 10am to 2pm, and here’s how you can help:

WHAT: WestSide Baby’s 9th Annual Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive

WHEN: Sunday, July 19th from 10am – 2pm

WHERE: Burien Chevrolet in Burien at 14400 1st Ave. S. (also at the West Seattle Farmer’s Market in the West Seattle Junction at the corner of California and 44th Ave. SW).

INFO: For more information: www.westsidebaby.org(206) 767-1662, 10032 15th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98146.

From their press release:

It’s time to “Stuff the Bus!” WestSide Baby’s 9th Annual Diaper Drive is Sunday, July 19, 10 am – 2 pm in West Seattle and, for the first time ever, in Burien.  We plan to collect 100,000 in one day!

Two big yellow school buses provided by First Student will be prominently parked — empty, ready and waiting for thousands and thousands of disposable diapers. You will find one bus in West Seattle at the West Seattle Farmer’s Market and the other in Burien at Burien Chevrolet.  Drive or walk up, climb aboard with your diapers and know you’ve done something tangible to help a local family.  These diapers are then distributed, free of charge, to children in need in the King County communities served by WestSide Baby.

Last year WestSide Baby distributed more than 240,000 diapers to local children. This year, we are expecting that number to climb to nearly 300,000!   Nancy Woodland, Executive Director of WestSide Baby, challenges the community to “Stuff the Bus” with 100,000 diapers this Sunday.   That would be 3 times more than last year but would allow us to adequately meet the incredible need.

“We especially need larger size diapers (Sizes 3-6) and Pull-Ups as they are our greatest demand,” Woodland said. “Food stamps do not cover diapers, and at approximately 23 cents each that can average $70 per month for a struggling family. This most basic need should be as important to us all as putting food on the table.  WestSide Baby distributes more than 4500 diapers each week and we depend on community donations to help fill that need.”

Over the past 9 years, individuals, families, clubs, church programs and other organizations in the Burien and West Seattle community and in Greater Seattle have collected diapers for the one-day WestSide Baby diaper rally. The results help out all year long.

Why diapers? Because a child that sits in the same diaper all day is vulnerable to diaper rash, infections, even abuse. Think about it: a wet, poopy baby cries long and hard until getting changed. The average newborn needs eight to ten diapers each day and the impact of rationing diapers means more diaper rash, unhappy babies and stressed parents. Why not cloth diapers? Most daycare centers require the use of disposable diaper for children, and most clinical settings, like crisis shelters, use disposable diapers for a combination of ease and sanitation.  Studies also show the environment impact of sanitizing cloth diapers and using disposable diapers to be very similar.  If parents can’t afford the diapers that a day care center requires, they may not be able to take the very job that may help the family move out of crisis or poverty. Washing cloth diapers can be a burden on low-income families who have to travel to the laundromat after work, often with children in tow.

About WestSide Baby:   WestSide Baby, in partnership with our community, provides essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing, toys and equipment.  In 2008, WestSide Baby distributed more than $1.28 million in goods to children up to size 12 serving more than 14,000 local kids. By partnering with 108 established social service agencies, we are able to focus simply on the items children need to thrive while trained professionals can address other issues to give families a hand in a time of need.

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