NW Helping Hands: Westside Baby provides low-income families with basic essentials

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Click the picture above to listen to Herb Weisbaum’s story on this charity.

The northwest economy is booming, and yet, many of our neighbors have missed out on this prosperity. Westside Baby is there to lend a helping hand by providing these families with diapers, baby wipes and the other basic essentials they need for their children

"When families are struggling it is our philosophy that the children should have their needs met,” said Nancy Woodland, Westside Baby's executive director. "We collect and distribute car seats, cribs, clothing, all things that children would need to be safe, warm and dry."

Alyssa, a single mom, was able to piece her life back together again with the help she got from Westside Baby.

"With Westside Baby being available for us every month, it’s been a huge, huge help. It really shows me that there's hope and that I can do it and that it's going to be OK,” she said.

More than 100 local social service agencies, including shelters and food banks, rely on Westside Baby to provide the critical necessities for low-income families.

To volunteer, make a donation or find out how you can help, go to: westsidebaby.org.

Click the picture above to hear the audio.

NW Helping Hands: The holiday season is a time to think about the less fortunate in our community. During this Season of Giving, KOMO News is highlighting a dozen local charities that are making a difference. Please check back here for weekly updates.

There are literally thousands of other wonderful non-profits in the Northwest that are doing great things every day.

If you know about non-profits that need support, I encourage you to share their information with others.

A word of caution: Before you give to any new charity, it’s smart to check them out to make sure they are legitimate, licensed to solicit donations in Washington and will use your money wisely. You can do that by going to: BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Washington Secretary of State (Check to see if a charity is registered to solicit in this state) and Charity Navigator (a charity that rates non-profits).

NW Helping Hands is presented by John L. Scott Foundation, supporting children’s healthcare and WSECU, the credit union for Washington.

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