It’s the season of giving! Find out where you can go to give this holiday season!
It’s the season of giving! During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to remember that while buying the latest toy for a child is a lot of fun, there are so many children out there that have so very little, if any, toys at all. You can help a child in need this holiday season in a variety of ways and by visiting a variety of places.
From Giving Trees to Toy Drives and more, all of the below businesses are collecting items for the children and their families that work with EBC. Give a gift to a child in need this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did.
Arena Sports – Toy Drive
Columbia Athletic Club – Coat Drive
Caliber Home Loans (Issaquah) – Giving Tree
Swedish Hospital (Issaquah) – Giving Tree
HomeStreet Bank (Newcastle) – General Collection
Umpqua Bank (Issaquah) – General Collection
Cougar Mountain Zoo – Through December 23rd
Bellevue Collection – Through December 19th
Newcastle Library – Through December 13th
Kirkland Kiwanis – Through December 12th
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