In July 2014, Seattle’s St. Joseph’s Baby Corner and WestSide Baby merged. Families and social service agencies have relied on St. Joseph’s since 1988, when two local women began collecting donations for babies in a simple cardboard box inside Seattle’s St. Joseph’s church.
Now we are one organization, with additional drop-off centers, improved and efficient distribution channels, more volunteer opportunities and an expanded reach to families across our community.
We obtain diapers through community diaper drives, corporate gifts and bulk purchases. We also are fortunate to have partnerships with Huggies and the National Diaper bank.
WestSide Baby distributed more than 1.2 million free diapers in 2015. Still, we were not able to meet the needs of all the families who could use the help.
Ten thousand children under age 2 live in poverty in King County. If those 10,000 children require an average of six diapers a day for 365 days, the total need is approximately 22 million diapers a year.
That’s why WestSide Baby in 2015 launched “The Campaign for Safety & Warmth,” a three-year, $1 million fundraising campaign to raise the dollars we need to secure additional expanse, expand and enhance our operations and replace our obsolete ordering system. We want to be able to distribute more critical items more quickly and efficiently to the King County families who need them.