Local non-profit WestSide Baby  is challenging all Burienites to help “Stuff the Bus” this Saturday night during Burien’s “Sizzling Saturday Night Car Show” at Town Square from 4:30pm – 7:30pm, with a goal of 50,000 diapers.
This will be the second year their yellow bus will appear in Burien, and Nancy Woodland, Executive Director of WestSide Baby, knows that the Burien community has a big heart and challenges us to try to collect more diapers than the West Seattle Bus last weekend.
“The bus will be empty, ready and waiting for thousands and thousands of disposable diapers. 30,000 were collected in West Seattle and we’ve heard there is a competitive spirit to match the community spirit in Burien.” shared Woodland. “Drive or walk up, or even climb aboard with your diapers and know you’ve done something tangible to help a local family.”
The goal for Saturday is to collect 50,000 diapers, and we just know B-Towners can rise to the challenge.
Local organizer, Jill Mudge, has also arranged collection sites at two area grocery stores, Normandy Park QFC and Albertson’s on SW 160th. Diapers collected at those sites on Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday daytime, will all be brought to the Bus at Burien Town Square. Mudge states, “I’ve seen this community do amazing things to help those in need. I know we can beat West Seattle!” Mudge also secured a donated bus thanks to the YMCA, further insuring that donations collected will go toward diapers instead of event costs.
Last year WestSide Baby distributed more than 200,000 diapers to local children. That number is expected to climb this year to nearly 350,000 and this amount still does not fill the need. Food stamps do not cover diapers and at approximately 23 cents each that can average $70 to $100 per month for a struggling family.
“This most basic need should be as important to us all as putting food on the table,” remarked Woodland. “WestSide Baby distributes more than 8000 diapers each week and we depend on community donations to help fill that need. We are so thankful to the community for donating diapers and cash donations at our Stuff the Bus events…their actions truly do make a difference in someone’s life.”
Over the past 10 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 WestSide Baby diaper rally. The results help out all year long. Diapers are distributed through partnerships with established social service agencies all over King County with a large number in South King County.
This year, WestSide Baby is fortunate to have a corporate partner in Kimberly-Clark‘s Huggies’ brand, on the heels of a large diaper donation to the organization in June as part of the Every Little Bottom program to help get diapers to babies in need. As the Exclusive Level Sponsor of the event, Huggies is solidifying its commitment to supporting the efforts of organizations like WestSide Baby.
“The issue of diaper deprivation is so pervasive and the need is so great that addressing it adequately will require the combined efforts of corporate support like this as well as individual donations by community members.” Woodland said. “While King County area babies are so fortunate that Huggies is supporting our event, filling the buses with diapers requires the actions of many. With the 10th Annual Stuff the Bus diaper drive, we hope to not only continue our programs of providing a 5-8 day supply of diapers to a family but, hopefully, to increase that number to provide more or to serve more children.“
For more information, visit www.westsidebaby.org,  or call (206) 767-1662.
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 2010, WestSide Baby distributed more than $1.28 million in goods to children up to size 12 serving more than 15,000 local kids. By partnering with 94 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.