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).

Current Opportunities:

Monetary donations are always welcome. Make check payable to “Saint Andrew’s” and note “EBC” in the memo line.

“Pencils and Pants” Collection DriveAugust 2

Eastside Baby Corner is holding its “Pencils and Pants” campaign to collect back-to-school supplies and clothing to help families in our community. EBC welcomes you to drop donations off in the Saint Andrew’s Parking lot on Tuesday, August 2, anytime from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
OR, you can bring donations to the Corner of Blessing in the Narthex no later than August 1, and they will be delivered to the EBC collection van on August 2.

Most-needed Items
EBC 8th Annual Diaper Derby ~ May 6 – June 10, 2022

THANK YOU to all who donated to this year’s Diaper Derby. This friendly “competition” resulted in 149,031 diapers, 3078 pants, 225 pairs of underwear, and $10,000 in cash contributions to help meet the needs of young families in our communities!