Is your kid’s bike too small? The impact of donating it to EBC won’t be.
In 2015 EBC gave nearly 500 local children refurbished bikes, trikes and scooters, and the chance to feel the freedom that only comes from the seat of a bike. We were able to do that thanks to partnerships with local police departments and YOU.
Still, many people don’t know we accept bikes as donations; or that we can even take them with (minimal) repair needs, because of our amazing team of fix-it guys. Currently, we receive more orders for bikes than we have to fill them. When your child outgrows his or her bike, please consider donating it to EBC. Our biggest need is for boys and girls 16”, 20” and 24” bikes.
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.Meet Our Board of Directors and Leadership