WestSide Baby raises more than $315,000 at Benefit Tea for children in need

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WestSide Baby supporters pose for a photo at the 2015 Benefit Tea. The event raised more than $315,000.


WestSide Baby supporters raise their bid cards to make gifts at the 2015 Benefit Tea March 1. This year’s Tea was WestSide Baby’s largest event since opening its doors in 2001.

Local non-profit WestSide Baby welcomed a sold-out crowd of more than 600 supporters to its 14th-Annual Benefit Tea at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center March 1, raising more than $315,000.

The funds will play a crucial role in helping WestSide Baby provide essentials to more than 27,000 children in need across King County this year.

The 2015 Tea highlighted the need that is often hidden from sight in our community, as struggling families often try to conceal their challenges. The event was also a celebration of WestSide Baby’s merger with St. Joseph’s Baby Corner in 2014, which resulted in a drastic increase in service to children living in poverty in the central Seattle area. WestSide Baby continues the work of the Baby Corner – which had been based in Capitol Hill – at its Central Branch at 23rd and Jackson in the Central District.

“This year’s Tea was a wonderful success, thanks to our supporters’ great generosity,” WestSide Baby Executive Director Nancy Woodland said. “Though we will make a larger impact this year than we ever have, we will only reach a small fraction of the children in King County who need our support. Together with our community, we can reach these children and ensure they have the essentials they need and deserve to grow up safe, warm and dry.”

There are 10,000 children under the age of 3 living in poverty in King County. WestSide Baby will distribute more than 1 million diapers to children in King County this year, though this is not nearly enough to meet the community’s need, as these children need 22 million diapers this year to stay dry.

The 2015 Tea marks WestSide Baby’s largest event since opening its doors in 2001. The Benefit Tea is one of WestSide Baby’s three major annual events, alongside the Stuff the Bus diaper drive in July and the Cocktail Benefit in September. Learn more about the Tea at https://wsbaby.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/AnnualTea2015/tabid/569693/Default.aspx.

About WestSide Baby: WestSide Baby, in partnership with our community, provides essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing and equipment. In 2014, WestSide Baby distributed more than $2 million in goods to children up to size 12 serving more than 27,000 local children. By partnering with over 120 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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