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Eastside Baby Corner


 

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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 leverages the impact of direct service providers by providing essential goods to the families they are helping. We practice good stewardship of resources through smart purchasing in bulk, reliance on volunteers and in-kind donations, including warehouse space donated by Rowley Properties. EBC is the major source of baby food, formula, diapers, cribs and car seats for eleven local food banks

How We Help

We are passionate about providing the absolute essentials for the most vulnerable children in our community. It isn't easy for a family to rebuild a life in crisis, but it is impossible without adequate food or diapers or warm clothes.

To better care for their children, parents need the really basic, fundamental "stuff": formula, diapers, car seats, warm coats, clothes for growing kids, or a crib for a newborn. At EBC, we provide that basic "stuff", free of charge.


We help kids thrive by:

  • helping children feel safe, secure and confident through nutrition, school-preparedness (books in every bag of clothes), health and safety items:
  • preventing child abuse—it is hard to be a loving parent if you don't have a dry diaper for a fussing baby, or food for a hungry little one...we help by making sure parents have what they need to care for their children
  • giving immediate help: orders received on a Thursday are processed and ready for pick up the following Thursday. "...To have such a resource to help meet families' basic needs is an amazing relief for families who are already going through so much!" Head Start Provider
  • "helping the helpers"—unlike most other agencies, we dispense directly to qualified family-assistance provider partners, giving these professionals what they need to help vulnerable kids and families. For a list of our current partners, please click here.
  • keeping families in their homes—we help prevent homelessness by taking away some of the recurring expenses that break budgets and push families off the edge.

Eastside Baby Corner is committed to providing resources to all children in need, from birth to age twelve, regardless of their religious, ethnic or other affiliations

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