Donate children’s clothing at Aegis to help Eastside Baby Corner

December 8, 2008

By Shannon Lefley

NEW — 10:42 a.m. Dec. 8, 2008

If your child’s closet is filled with clothes that no longer fit, consider donating them to a family who could use some extra help during the cold winter months.

Aegis Living, a private, family-owned company for senior living, is holding a clothing drive to benefit Eastside Baby Corner.

“As a company, we are always looking for ways we can be involved in the community and be able to give back,” said Leslie Campana, marketing director at Aegis of Issaquah.

Aegis is involved with numerous organizations to help seniors, including the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Diabetes Association and Senior Services in King County. Organizers were excited by the opportunity to help a much younger generation.

“We are very, very happy that Aegis is taking on this project and helping us to get the community support during this time of great need,” Karen Ridlon, founder of Eastside Baby Corner, said.

EBC is a nonprofit organization that provides clothing and other children’s supplies free of charge to families through local service care providers. It collects items for children from birth to age 12.

EBC acts as a distribution center, supplying basic items to more than 160 shelters, food banks, public health nurses, social workers and social service organizations

Ridlon, an Issaquah resident, was working as a pediatric nurse practitioner when she realized that many parents were unable to afford the things that enabled them to take care of their children.

“I noticed the things that were missing,” she said. “It doesn’t help to teach good nutrition if the parent can’t afford formula.”

Some items that EBC is always looking for are long pants for boys and girls, sweatpants and sweatshirts, tennis shoes and warm coats. The organization always accepts cash donations “in all sizes” to pay for formula, cribs, car seats and diapers for local food banks. Each month, EBC spends $2,000 on diapers and $1,100 on formula.

EBC “is a wonderful thing in that it allows people to actually make an immediate difference,” Ridlon said.

“It’s such a simple thing to do, to wash up some clothes and give them to somebody who could really use them,” Campana said.

Shannon Lefley is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.

How to help

Bring lightly worn clothing or cash donations to Aegis of Issaquah, 780 N.W. Juniper St., from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 11, and they will be taken to Eastside Baby Corner.

To learn more about volunteering or donating, go to Eastside Baby Corner.

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