WestSide Baby, a King County nonprofit which collects and distributes diapers, clothing and baby equipment, is hoping Madison Park will help out for its annual "Stuff the Bus" diaper drive.
During the month of July, WestSide Baby is hoping to collect enough diapers (particularly larger sizes like 4,5,6 and pull-ups sizes 3T-4T and 4T-5T) at their local branch of HomeStreet Bank, 4036 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112.
WestSide Baby is based in White Center, and will host the Bus Bash this Sunday, July 23 at the offices at 10002 14th Ave. SW. Enjoy baby races and win some tickets to the hydroplane races. The organization also has a Central District location, at 2301 S Jackson St. Ste. 202.
According to the group, 1 in 3 US families struggle to afford diapers for their babies. WestSide Baby is seeking to gather 300,000 diapers to keep babies happy and dry.
Since 2001 WestSide Baby has grown to provide families in need in Western King County with diapers and more. In 2016, they provided local families with over 1.4 million diapers.
WestSide Baby’s Executive Director Nancy Woodland said even affording diapers can be stressful.
“For many families, diapers are prohibitively expensive. Diapers are not covered by government aid programs such as food stamps, forcing families to choose between paying for diapers or paying bills," she said. "In addition, the expense of diapers can affect more than just a baby’s hygiene. For example, most day care centers won’t take a child without a day’s supply of diapers, which means that for parents who can’t afford them, a missed day of day care for baby means a missed day of work or training for them.”