To care for their children, families need essential supplies, like diapers. In the greater Issaquah area, families living in poverty often struggle to purchase diapers, which cost more than $100 per month. For assistance, they rely on Eastside Baby Corner, a community nonprofit that helped provide 1,147,832 diapers to families last year. All diapers were donated by concerned residents, businesses and civic groups.
To make it easier for the community to donate, Carter’s of Grand Ridge Plaza is hosting a diaper drive. All donations will go directly to Eastside Baby Corner and can be dropped off seven days a week at the store. All brands and sizes are accepted, but the greatest need is for sizes 4, 5 and 6, including pull-ups. The Carter’s team is also happy to accept donations of baby wipes.
It’s all part of Eastside Baby Corner’s annual Diaper Derby, a community-wide event aimed at raising awareness about the need for diapers – and how to donate. The local nonprofit has been helping families since 1990, alleviating some of the burden by providing supplies at no cost through a network of social service agencies.
According to Christine White, Eastside Baby Corner’s associate annual fund officer, “Not being able to afford enough diapers is a barrier to stability and self-sufficiency for parents living right here in our community. Without diapers, children cannot participate in early childhood education. Without childcare, parents cannot go to work.”
Diapers cannot be purchased through any government assistance program, which makes donations from community members and businesses all the more important. Currently, there is no safety net such as WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare (except hospice) that pays for or provides diapers. To learn more about Eastside Baby Corner and the need for diaper donations, visit babycorner.org.
Carter’s of Grand Ridge Plaza is located at 1416 Highlands Drive NE.
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