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Congregation Liaison: Outreach and Servant Ministries Committee
Eastside Baby Corner is now KidVantage
KidVantage was founded as Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) 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 KidVantage 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 KidVantage, 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, KidVantageserves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 800 kids each week. KidVantagepractices good stewardship of resources through smart purchasing in bulk, reliance on volunteers and in-kind donations. KidVantageis the major source of baby food, formula, diapers, cribs and car seats for eleven local food banks. In total, KidVantage works with over 50 area agencies to assist people in need.
Saint Andrew’s supports KidVantage 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 “KidVantage” in the memo line.
Saint Andrew’s is once again participating in the KidVantage 9th Annual Diaper Derby.
The event runs from May 5 to June 9.
How the Derby Works:
Let’s help our struggling young families to not have to choose between feeding the family or buying diapers!
For more information, contact Liz Rudolph.
Check back for information.