White Center organization that helps kids needs help itself

WHITE CENTER, Wash.-- Diaper donations have jumped 53 percent this year at White Center's Westside Baby.

The non-profit organization collects basics for families who can't afford their children's needs. They help kids in crisis, but now they're the ones in need of help.

"We've served 22,000 children just last year. I've never seen the bins quite this low," said Nancy Woodland of Westside Baby. "It's critical right now."

The organization partners with more than 80 agencies in King County, from the Department of Social and Health Services to the Y. It collects donations that are later distributed by social service agencies to kids in need.

But bins are now bare at the Westside Baby, and the requests are stacking up.

"The bins that are here are generally filled to the top, they're so high that we have a hard time moving them around," Woodland said.

This year, the organization expanded its outreach and expects that's why it is suddenly tough to fill the 300 orders it receives each week. On Wednesday, the West Seattle Food Bank requested diapers.

"It's really tough, probably the lowest items we pick up weekly, monthly are baby food, baby items, diapers," said Charlie Workman of the food bank.

As it stands, Westside Baby simply can't fill all the orders it is getting. An order from a 5-year-old boy for underwear and pants will go unfilled.

"We need car seats and portable cribs and strollers and high chairs desperately," Woodland said. "We had 46 requests for car seats last month that we couldn't fill."

Volunteers try to slip books and a toy into every bag, but on Wednesday they even struggled with that.

"We've got things for smaller kids, but not so much for older ones," a volunteer said.

But when it comes to kids, nobody within the organization will ever give up.

More information about how you can donate money or supplies to the organization is available online.