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Congregation Liaison: Outreach and Servant Ministries Committee
Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) was founded in 1990 because Karen Ridlon, a local pediatric nurse practitioner, became concerned about the large numbers of babies in her practice that began life without adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment. Her commitment to giving these children a stronger start grew from a idea and a few items gathered in her dining room, into an agency that in 2016 filled its 500,000th order of absolute essentials.
For 50 weeks each year, volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children’s and maternity items to families in collaboration with organizations helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, pick up and deliver them to the family. Serving a broad area across King County that extends to the Cascade foothills and from south of Renton into south Snohomish County, EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 800 kids each week. EBC practices good stewardship of resources through smart purchasing in bulk, reliance on volunteers and in-kind donations. EBC is the major source of baby food, formula, diapers, cribs and car seats for eleven local food banks.
Saint Andrew’s supports Eastside Baby Corner with budgeted funds and though gifts at Christmas (Love Tree).