Storage facility owners are very charitable with their space. Some donate it to collect toys for Christmas. Some collect food and coats for those in need. Issaquah Highlands Self Storage (in Washington state), has made arrangements to be a drop-off center for Eastside Baby Corner.
Karen Ridlon, a pediatric nurse practitioner, founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) in 1990 after seeing large numbers of babies in her practice that began life without adequate clothing, beds, or food. With the simple beginning of just a few things on her dining room table, her efforts have now become an agency that has distributed over $2.75 million dollars’ worth of essentials to newborns and their needy families.
Eastside Baby Center coordinates their efforts with other local agencies that provide assistance to needy families. EBC volunteers and staff collect various items and also monies to use to purchase baby and maternity items. These items are then distributed to expectant and new mothers and their babies.
EBC has received awards for their efforts from the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. The EBC model has been replicated nationally by six organizations. It has developed from an all-volunteer organization to a more sustainable one.
The owners of Issaquah Highlands Self Storage recognize the need of these new mothers and their babies. They also recognize they are in a perfect place to be of assistance. They have agreed to accept donations for EBC at their place of business. Items can be dropped off Monday through Saturday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Their address is 910 N.E. High Street, Issaquah Highlands, Washington.
People can drop off new or gently used items such as clothing and shoes sizes newborn to 14 and packages of disposable diapers. People can also donate small toys (11 inches by 17 inches in diameter or smaller).
Issaquah Highlands Self Storage is a perfect drop-off place for people who use their facilities. As their customers sort through their belongings when they are moving in or out, they may identify items that they no longer need or use that could be of use to the Eastside Baby Center. They can easily give their lightly used items to the manager who will then make sure that the items are delivered to Eastside Baby Center.
“Issaquah Highlands gets drop-off point for Eastside Baby Corner.” Issaquah Press; 22 November 2011.