Remote drop off sites make the donation process better for you and us

The Big Bundle is one of EBC’s most ordered items. It’s a substantial offering that contains a week’s worth of clothing, a toy, a book, socks, shoes, undergarments, toiletries and more. All in all, each Big Bundle contains about 45 items on average, almost all of which come from donations provided by YOU, our generous community.

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Each week EBC fills about 200 Bundles, a whopping 8,118 total Bundles last year. Again, all filled with clothing, books and toys that you brought into to the HUB. Let’s do a little math here, and we can estimate, 8,100ish Bundles times 45 items per Bundle gives us close to 350,000 items that you’ve donated and we’ve been able to give back out. And that’s just the Bundles. There are also the layettes we provide new babies – we gave out almost 800 last year – the toys that are given out outside of the Bundle, the high chairs, the car seats, the cribs, the swings, the bikes, the bedding, the coats, the boots. I think you get the idea. You are bringing a lot of stuff!

Processing all that stuff is no easy tasks. We have an army of volunteers who spend hours every week sorting and organizing your donations. But outside of the time required to go through the items, space is also something we battle. Where can we possible keep all of this stuff until our volunteers have had the time to organize it? One solution that has worked really well for us is having remote drop off sites – we have three generously donated to us by Issaquah Highlands Self Storage, Marymoor Self Storage and Red Way Self-Storage.

The obvious benefit to the remote drop off sites is convenience for you, our donors. If you don’t live near the Hub, or if you can’t make our regularly scheduled drop off hours, you can swing by one of the units and drop your donation. Easy Peasy. But a less obvious benefit of the remote sites is that we have more control over when the items come into the Hub for sorting. This way we can bring them in when we know we will have volunteers on hand to process them. The remote sites have been a real win/win for all of us.

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Volunteer Brennon Lee helps his dad, Tim Lee, pick up your donations from Issaquah Highlands Self Storage. The two bring your donations to the EBC Hub each week where an army of volunteers is on hand to sort and organize them.

 

As it is the season of giving, we want to honor the donation of these sites for the gift that they are. We thank you Issaquah Highlands Self Storage, Marymoor Self Storage and Red Way Self-Storage for your generous gift!

Because we are blessed to have these storage spaces donated to us, we feel it is important to make certain we are all doing our part to respect the businesses providing this wonderful gift. Going into the new year, you will notice a few additions/changes to the sites. For example, there are certain larger items, like cribs and other furniture, we will ask you to bring to the Hub so we can keep the space free for more donations. There will be other items, like car seats, that we will ask you to bring to the Hub because of the inspection process required before we can accept them. Keep an eye out for updated policy and procedure signage which should better help you understand these and other changes.

Also, if there is any way you feel we can make your remote drop-off experience better, please reach out to us. You can email us [email protected]/ or call us at 425-865-0234

Meet Our Founder – Karen Ridlon

Twenty-five years ago, Karen Ridlon founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC).   A certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (University of California, San Francisco, 1972), Karen worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in California and Washington, working in well child care, newborn care and newborn ICU support for a number of medical groups and doctors. In 1990, Karen founded Eastside Baby Corner to fill an unmet need of parents of newborns who lacked basic supplies for their children.

She is Executive Director Emeritus and a lifetime member of the EBC Board of Directors. Karen has been recognized for her efforts with many volunteer awards, including receiving the Leadership Eastside LENi Community Choice Leadership Award in 2013, Distinguished Member Award for the Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) in 2013, Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award (2009), and chosen as a UCSF Distinguished Alumni. Karen was a key player in the development of the Issaquah Community Center and has been a tireless contributor to many volunteer efforts over the years including scouting, the public schools, and her church. Karen is the mother of three children and a proud resident of Issaquah, where she lives with her husband. 

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