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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. In total, EBC works with over 50 area agencies to assist people in need.
Saint Andrew’s supports Eastside Baby Corner with budgeted funds, volunteer events, and though gifts at Christmas (Love Tree).
Monetary donations are always welcome. Make check payable to “Saint Andrew’s” and note “EBC” in the memo line.
Saint Andrew’s is participating in the Eastside Baby Corner’s (EBC) 8th Annual Diaper Derby this year from May 6 – June 10. This is our 3rd year of participation in donating diapers, pull-ups, and wipes during the Diaper Derby event for EBC’s families in need.
NEW: there are bonus points for donating purchases of new underwear for boys or girls during the last week before June 10 only.
Point values are attached to each set of diapers and pull-ups donated. There are not any point values attached to the wipes this year.
Donate monies online at the EBC diaper derby website, www.babycorner.org/diaper-derby/.
Donate by purchasing diapers and pull-ups at www.gooddler.com/Wishlist/10349.
When donating, be sure to put “Amazing Andrew” or “Saint Andrew’s Lutheran” for the name of the Diaper Derby Team – this ensures that EBC knows how to track our donations in the event.
If you prefer, purchase diapers, pull-ups, and wipes and bring them to the Corner of Blessing at the church. Before purchasing items, please visit the EBC website to verify what brands and sizes EBC needs. These physical donations will be delivered to EBC no later than June 9 to be counted toward the point value.
Come help out our young families in need by donating diapers and wipes during this event! For more information, contact Marlyn Thorpe.