File photo by Patrick Robinson
Volunteers from the King County Housing Authority Americorps Team formed a brigade to transport the donation of 100,000 diapers to the loft at WestSide Baby in White Center in 2012. Westside said they helped 22,000 children last year.

Westside Baby expanded service by 17 percent in 2012; Now looking forward to February benefit

Westside Baby, the non-profit out of White Center specializing in bringing essential items to children in need, has a recap on their work in 2012 and notice on the Westside Baby 12th Annual Benefit Tea coming up on Feb. 10.

Here are the details from Nancy Woodward, executive director:

WestSide Baby has record impact serving 22,000 local children in 2012!
Opportunity to support more children in 2013!

What: WestSide Baby 12th Annual Benefit Tea
When: Sunday February 10, 2012 2-4:30pm
Where: Hilton Seattle Conference Center (near the airport)
17620 International Blvd Seattle WA, 98188

WestSide Baby served 17 percent more local children in 2012 with essential items such as diapers, car seats, cribs and clothing valued at $1.6 million. That means 22,000 children received what they needed with most of those items being gently used things coming from local families passed through our doors to others. “We saw a great increase in need and a fantastic increase in support and volunteers in 2012 that allowed us to provide more to the most vulnerable among us, children in need,” shares Nancy Woodland, Executive Director of WestSide Baby. “The majority of what we give comes from local families and goes to support other local families. This is why our theme is ‘Families Helping Families, it’s just so simple. When one family is having a hard time, another can help. Our Tea gathers together many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who inspire others in their own family to help. ” WestSide Baby translates this support to increased impact.

WestSide Baby collects and distributes essential items such as diapers, car seats, clothing and cribs for local babies and children in need through partnerships with now more than 90 local social service agencies.

This week WestSide Baby accepted nine new agency partners working directly with families in need and plans to stretch into new neighborhoods in the coming months. These provider partners work directly with families, place orders through WestSide Baby and then deliver the needed items. The following agencies joined WestSide Baby’s team: Compass Housing Alliance, Federal Way ECEAP, Auburn Head Start, YWCA Auburn, The Defender Association, The International Rescue Committee, Providence Hospice – Stepping Stones Program, University of Washington Parent Child Assistance Program and Refugee Women’s Alliance. A successful Tea event could make the difference to many children as WestSide Baby reaches further.

This increase in service is possible because of great financial support from hundreds of people as well as enthusiasm for new programs such as WestSide Baby’s ReRide – Car Seat Reuse and Recycle Program. Because of this program, 56% more car seats were provided to children and 363 seats that could not be reused were recycled and kept out of circulation. This means 670 children are riding safely in cars.

“Our benefit Tea is a unique gathering of engaged members of our community interested in learning more about being ‘the change they want to see’ for local children,” shares Woodland. “We’d love to have you join us for our 12th Annual WestSide Baby Benefit Tea on Sunday February 10 from 2-4:30pm at the Hilton Seattle Conference Center. More than 500 hundred seats have already been reserved for this adult-centered festive afternoon event.”

The Tea tradition includes tables set with individual sets of china shared by community members, mimosas, BabyCakes by Avalon Glassworks with one box holding a gorgeous champagne colored citrine pendant surrounded by a halo of diamonds donated by Wyatt’s Jewelers.

Keynote speaker, Cathy Grace, Children’s Defense Fund Director of Early Childhood Education, will educate and inspire guests with her message about the impact childhood poverty has on individual families as well as society as a whole. She will prompt each guest to act.

Tickets are $30. Tables for 10 range from $250-$500. There will be a program, an opportunity to give and time to socialize too. The suggested minimum donation is $100.

For more information about the Tea or to purchase tickets or a table, visit www.westsidebaby.org or call Sarah Couch, WestSide Baby Development Director at (206) 686-3124.

About WestSide Baby: In partnership with our community, WestSide Baby provides essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing, books and equipment such as car seats and cribs. In collaboration with more than 90 local social service agencies, items reach families in crisis, battling poverty, addiction or mental illness, escaping domestic violence or genocide or simply in need of a little help during a tough time. More than 540,000 diapers, 670 car seats, 4900 clothing bags reached families in King County through WestSide Baby in 2012. The benefit Tea is our one major fundraiser of the year.

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