Now You Can Help Local Kids – WestSide Baby Opens Donation Site in Burien
WestSide Baby announced this week that they’ve opened a new donation site at the Burien Community Center, making it easier to help local kids.
“Thousands of kids in the Burien area receive help from WestSide Baby and we are thrilled to provide Burien community members the opportunity to support local kids in need,” reads an announcement. “Look for the WestSide Baby bin located in the lobby of the Burien Community Center to make your donation of: diapers (open packages welcome), gently used clothing (through size 12!) and equipment (i.e. car seats, strollers, high chairs, etc.).”
For more information on the types of items accepted, please visit WestSide Baby’s website or review the list posted on the bin.
“Thank you on behalf of children who will be drier, safer and warmer because of your generosity!”
About WestSide Baby:
In partnership with our community, WestSide Baby provides essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing, books and equipment such as car seats and cribs. In collaboration with more than 90 local social service agencies, items reach families in crisis, battling poverty, addiction or mental illness, escaping domestic violence or who simply are in need of a little help during a tough time. Since 2001, WestSide Baby has distributed over $8.5 million worth of diapers, clothing and other essential items such as car seats and cribs. In 2011, we served 19,669 children.
We work through local social service agencies already assisting low-income families to distribute collected items free of charge to families in need. Agencies identify the needs of the children they are working with then order items from us and deliver them to their families. Providing diapers and other essential items for these families keeps kids safer and healthier and allows parents to focus limited resources on creating a nurturing and safe environment for their kids and working toward becoming self-supporting.
As described by Executive Director of WestSide Baby “The ‘ripple effect’ of providing such basic, essential items, is bases for hope and prosperity for many families in need.” The logic behind the ‘ripple effect’ as described by Woodland is simple. For example, did you know that 1 in 3 us families struggles to provide an adequate supply of diapers for their children? Since government programs such as WIC or Food Stamps do not cover diaper purchases, and because an adequate supply of diapers can run upwards of $115 each month, many families are being forced to re-use disposable diapers on their children or are simply not changing them as often as they should. When babies cry, and parents are unable to stop this crying because they do not have a clean diaper for the child, that already stressed parent is more likely to act in an abusive manor toward the child. When babies sit in dirty diapers, they are more likely to become sick, which can also result in expensive medical bills. When parents are focused on making choices on how their limited funds will be spent – on rent, food, or medical bills – they focus less on helping their child learn and grow. Additionally, if a parent doesn’t have the proper supply of diapers, they cannot drop their child off at day care, which makes holding a full time job extremely difficult. The items provided by WestSide Baby help families overcome the cycle of struggling to afford the basic items they need to keep their kids dry, safe and healthy. We work toward a day when all babies and young children in our community have their basic physical needs met – enough diapers, food, adequate clothing, appropriate toys, books, and safe equipment for their care.
Here’s a map of their service area:
For more information, visit www.westsidebaby.org or call Sarah Couch, WestSide Baby Development Director at (206) 686-3124.