‘Stuff the Bus’ a huge success; 22,000+ diapers collected at Burien Toyota
by Mark Neuman
WestSide Baby’s 13th Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ Diaper Drive was a big success Sunday (July 21), collecting over 22,000 diapers at Burien Toyota’s lot on 1st Ave South in downtown Burien.
“We wanted to beat our total from last year which was about 10,000 diapers,” said Margaret Peyton, Chair of the Board at WestSide Baby.
Donors helped them smash that record in a big way.
“The response today from the public and neighbors in and around Burien was just fantastic,” Peyton added. “In order for a baby to qualify for day care, their parents must bring along disposable diapers. Can you imagine having to stay home and not be able to go to work because you can’t take your infant to day care because you can’t afford diapers for your child?”
“A lot of people may not realize this, but food stamps do not cover diaper purchases. And diapers are expensive,” she said.
WestSide Baby staffers and dozens of volunteers collected cash donations and other useful items such as strollers and car seats.
Employees from Burien Toyota earlier last week also contributed much, having competed in-house to see which department and which employee
brought in and donated the most items, according to Pam Stallcop of Burien Toyota.
WestSide Baby, in partnership with the local community, provides essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing, toys and equipment, over $10 million worth since opening in 2001.
Here are some photos from Sunday’s event – click images to see larger versions: