Stuff the Bus to help new Westside Baby/St. Joseph’s Baby Corner team help families

(Image: WestSide Baby)

(Image: WestSide Baby)

St. Joseph’s Baby Corner on 18th near Cherry and WestSide Baby merged into one organization in an effort to help Seattle families make ends meet. Sunday, there’s an opportunity to help the new team.

“We have kept the heart of serving local children in need and are excited to bring our expertise and watch it blossom and thrive in Capitol Hill,” WestSide Baby executive director Nancy Woodland said. “We actually modeled ourselves after St. Joseph’s Baby Corner and are excited to come in and increase services.”

The two organizations collect second hand items for babies and children that providers such as social workers or other agencies distribute to families in need.

WestSide Baby will still work out of White Center where it serves all over King County but mainly the south. St. Joseph Baby Corner will keep its space near Swedish Cherry Hill running under WestSide Baby’s leadership.

Jessica Anderson, the new onsite coordinator of the 18th Ave location, is working many mornings of the week to get the location organized and running.

“WestSide Baby is catering toward infants and children in general,” says Anderson, “where St. Joseph’s niche is more that medical need. We do have a lot more medical supplies like sleepers that open up on one side specifically so medical tubes and things have access.”

This Sunday, the 14th annual Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive will have a goal to collect 290,000 diapers — a critically important item for families not covered by any assistance plans.

WestSide Baby works with Albertsons, Whole Foods, QFC, and Safeway to get the community involved. This weekend, 24 Safeways in the Seattle area will have discounted diapers to buy and donate. Safeway is providing its own volunteers at their locations, but WestSide Baby will have volunteers at other storefronts handing out shopping lists of donation suggestions. Customers can then shop and donate the items they’ve purchased while walking out the door. There will be volunteers running the donations to one of the three Stuff the Bus locations. The locations of participating donation locations are listed here. The 14th and John Safeway and the 700 Broadway E Homestreet Bank are among the Hill-located drop-off points.

The Stuff the Bus Locations are:

West Seattle: HomeStreet Bank, 4022 SW Alaska St.
Ballard: AmericanWest Bank, 2237 NW 57th St.
Burien: Burien Toyota & Scion, 15025 1st Ave S.

School buses will be at these locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. You can also stop by to donate diapers, wipes, and diaper cream if you’d rather Stuff the Bus yourself.

St. Joseph’s Baby Corner is located at 528 18th Ave. You can learn more at westsidebaby.org.

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