By Providing Diapers, You Are Giving a Child a Brighter Future
Children are our community, our future
Can you imagine constantly thinking about how you would pay for and provide for your loved one? What if you had to go without something important, like medicine? Or go hungry today so that you could help your child? And if you didn’t make that choice, your child would be crying, she could develop an infection, and you would miss work or school.
“Diaper need” is the lack of a regular supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy.
The cost of basic items, especially diapers, is a serious challenge for struggling families. Safety net programs such as WIC and food stamps do not pay for diapers. Imagine having to choose between medicine and diapers, or trying to stretch your supply by not changing your little one as often as needed.
I remember shopping for the “best diaper,” looking for whatever was going to last the longest, not leak, and cost less. I had the option of driving to a big box store to get a discount on diapers. This isn’t an easy or affordable option for parents travelling by bus or homeless families.
Infants can require up to 12 diapers each day, toddlers about 8, at a cost of up to $80 per month per baby. 1 in 3 families nationwide report having a difficult time affording a regular supply of diapers, and have gone without. In addition to the cost of diapers, babies need wipes and diaper cream, not to mention all of their other basic needs – formula, food, medical care, car seats, clothing, shoes…
Most licensed daycare require a steady supply of disposable diapers. How can a parent stay in school or make it to work on a regular basis without childcare? Without diapers, children miss out on early childhood education and are a step behind other kids when they do start school.
The lack of diapers can cause long lasting problems for babies and families….a job lost for having missed too much work….a baby’s constant discomfort and crying that can result in neglect or abuse….serious skin infections affecting physical and mental development at a time of a child’s fastest brain growth.
When you help, when you keep a baby clean, dry, warm, and healthy, you make a lifetime of difference for that child. Baby spends less days being sick, is able to trust and bond with their caregivers, and is able to learn and grow like her peers.
When you help, you are giving a child a brighter future.
“By providing diapers, families are able to utilize that money to buy basic needs which helps kids get to school and stay in school.” -Erika and Nancy, Communities in Schools of Renton
“Access to diapers is a constant struggle for our families; many have to choose between money for diapers or food and rent. Eastside Baby Corner has been a lifeline for us.”
-Wendy, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Meet Our Founder – Karen Ridlon
Karen Ridlon founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) in 1990. 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. 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