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Babies of Homelessness has been delivering basic needs (diapers, wipes, and formula) directly to families experiencing homelessness in King and Snohomish counties for four years. This auction supports families like Michaela’s, who, along with her husband and 20-month-old girl, live in permanent housing.
But when Mikalynn was born, they were living in a van on the streets of Kirkland. The hospital was quick to ask whether they had a car seat when they were discharged but did not ask if they had a place to live. Happy about the birth of their beautiful girl, the new family returned to their van. It was hot during the summer, and Michaela, like any anxious new mother, quickly returned to the hospital with her daughter to check for heatstroke. Now the hospital realized their situation and threatened Michaela with a visit from Child Protective Services. Scared,
Michaela turned to Babies of Homelessness for help. Michaela reminds us just how important your assistance is to real families struggling to provide their children with diapers and formula. In our region, there are more than 3,800 homeless families with children. Many families are working but cannot find affordable housing. Government programs do not pay for diapers, so the choice of putting gas in the car to get to work or buying diapers is a hard one.
Although we have stepped up our outreach, delivering 120,000 diapers in 2020, we know our job is just beginning. To keep delivering the basics to Michaela and the hundreds of families like hers, we need your help.
On behalf of the board, the staff, and the families we serve at Babies of Homelessness, we thank you very much for your time and consideration and wish you happy bidding!!
About Babies of Homelessness
Babies of Homelessness is a nonprofit crisis response team that delivers basics needs (diapers, wipes, formula) to families with children experiencing homelessness in the Puget Sound region. Access to basic needs is perhaps the single most powerful tool for overcoming homelessness. Yet, families experiencing homelessness face an increasing number of barriers that prevent them from equitably accessing items such as diapers, formula, and food. We’re here to change that. Our volunteer network operates a 24/7 phone line to assess needs and then deliver basic necessities within 72 hours. No multiple rounds of intakes. No waitlist. No red tape. No referral process. The children’s needs are always our top priority.
Who do I contact if I have a question or problem?
Email the Babies of Homelessness team at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be answering questions in the weeks before the auction, and between 9am - 5pm each day the auction is open.