The March of Diapers

March of Diapers gathers items to support the following charitable organizations:

A typical baby needs 10-12 diapers a day and a toddler needs approximately 8 diapers. At a cost of between $100 and $120 a month, diapers are an expense that many families struggle to meet.

1 in 20 mothers who has had to cut back on other purchases to pay for diapers has reused a disposable diaper.
36% of mothers living in poverty regularly run out of clean diapers for their infants.
Diapers are not covered by social welfare systems like WIC or food stamps because
diapers are considered “hygiene items”.

Families are sometimes forced to use one diaper a day for their babies.
These babies can experience diaper rash, infections, and other health problems.
Babies with severe diaper rashes often cry more – more crying coupled with the stress of living in need can lead to child abuse. Babies who cry excessively are the most likely to be victims of shaken baby syndrome…

Source: https://www.facebook.com/marchofdiapers/

SKCAC Industries and Employment Services

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Established in 1967, SKCAC was organized as a non-profit corporation with the goal of helping people with disabilities become full members of society, through work training programs leading to jobs.

In the 80’s they focused on training and employment for packaging and assembly and grounds maintenance work.

In the 90’s they expanded to provide increased employment support opportunities in the community and since 2000 provide training and work opportunities, job placement and on-going supports for individuals to seek successful jobs in community businesses.

Over the years SKCAC has changed and grown in how it delivers on its mission to meet the needs of adults with disabilities, providing a chance to be a part of a productive workforce, increase independence, reduce dependence on outside support and be active participants in their communities.

Source: www.skcac.org

Step By Step

Having a baby is an exciting and challenging experience. But, for a woman without the resources she needs, and lacking stability and support in her own life, becoming a mom and caring for a newborn can feel insurmountable.

Step By Step brings hope and health to these vulnerable women by providing the resources and support they need to deliver a healthy baby, embrace positive parenting, and establish a safe home. We help each mom put her best foot forward, encouraging each positive step she takes towards establishing a healthy home for herself and her baby.

Source: stepbystepfamily.org

L'Arche Tahoma Hope

The goal of L'Arche Tahoma Hope is to make known the gifts of people with developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. To foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story. To engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.

Source: www.larchethc.org

Children's Therapy Center

What started as a tiny therapy program in 1979 has grown into the largest and most comprehensive independent nonprofit pediatric therapy program in the state. They provide unsurpassed services for thousands of children with developmental delays and disabilities each year. They begin by celebrating where each child is today. Then, together with families, work toward who that child can become.

Source: www.ctckids.org

St Vincent de Paul, Auburn

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Serving Auburn, Algona, and Pacific area of Western Washington since 1950.  They are a catholic organization that has two stores to serve you. They can provide limited emergency services in the form of rental and utility assistance, clothing, furniture, household items and food.  Donations of food, clothing, household items, and furniture are gratefully accepted at both locations. 

Source: sites.google.com/site/stvincentdepaulauburnwa/

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington

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Catholic Community Services is “the largest local provider of assistance to poor and vulnerable people in the state of WA” (from their website). CCS sponsors the HOME program in Kent to shelter homeless men, runs Katherine House, also in Kent as well as Rita’s House in Auburn, both of which provide transitional housing for homeless women who are in recovery from addiction. CCS can help clients with pregnancy and parenting support, foster care, child and family mental health, senior chore services, and other help.

Source: ccsww.org

Avery Hyffman Defeat DIPG Foundation

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On June 30th, 2015 Avery Huffman was diagnosed with an inoperable, cancerous brain tumor, known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a brain tumor found in the pons, part of the brainstem on the lower back of the brain, near the top of the spinal cord.

Just one week before, Avery complained about double vision and a few days later, her family noticed her right eye was inverted. After two visits to a pediatric ophthalmologist and an MRI, the diagnosis of DIPG was given to the Huffman family.

A DIPG diagnosis usually comes with the following phrases: “There is nothing that can be done,” “All care is palliative,” “It could be anywhere from a few months to maybe a year” and worst of all “There is no cure.”

Under the care of the pediatric oncology team of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma and the radiation oncology of Tacoma MultiCare, Avery spent the summer of 2015 undergoing 30 radiation treatments, which concluded in August 2015.

Just one month later, Avery started first grade at Lakeland Hills Elementary School, going every day, all day, while still undergoing bi-weekly rounds of further treatments.

A few days after Avery’s diagnosis, the #AveryStrong movement started, thanks mainly to the courage, grit, fight, strength and toughness of Avery, who while she battled cancer, never gave up. Thousands of people locally and more nationally and globally joined Avery in being #AveryStrong.

Avery was a precocious, sweet, beautiful, loving and caring girl who had just finished kindergarten when she was diagnosed. While DIPG quickly robbed Avery of her ability to walk, use her right arm or hand, see out of both eyes and restricted her to a wheelchair, she never quit trying to do the things that came so normally to her before her diagnosis.

She inspired untold numbers to never give up, to fight and to always be strong, which she did every second of her fight.

Avery captured the nation’s heart when she was named an Honorary Princess by Princess Anna of Arendelle, with Kristen Bell calling Avery to tell her of the coronation.

Her story was told by numerous media outlets and platforms, including USA Today, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Ventura County Star, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, FOX, NBC, CBS, Sports Illustrated and Scout.

Several high school, college and professional athletes and coaches dedicated their seasons or honored Avery in different ways for her fight.

On February 16, 2016, with her mother Amanda, father Brandon, sisters Alexandra and Addison and brother Cade close by her side, Avery took her final breath on earth before she went to heaven to be with the Lord.

Avery’s tumor and brain were donated to medical research, with the hopes of research allowing for further breakthrough and progress in the search for a cure.

While we are heartbroken that Avery left us so soon, we are committed, motivated and driven to fight back against the monster that took her life so young and have made it our mission to help fulfill our vow to Avery, that we would fight for a cure.

The Avery Huffman Defeat DIPG Foundation joins with the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation to help them accomplish what was on Michael’s checklist and what Avery wanted us to do: Defeat DIPG once and for all.

Source: averystrongdipg.org

Covington Storehouse

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For more than a decade, the Storehouse has devoted its energy to providing food to families in crisis. It's their prayer and hope that the food they provide would not only nourish the physical body, but also provide encouragement during challenging times. They work together to continue the mercy ministry of Jesus; feeding the hungry and providing comfort to the poor. They take a non-threatning approach: a simple prayer or blessing is offered along with an ear to listen. The heart of their mission is to love our neighbors by responding to their request for food, prayer and referral to other services that are needed, with dignity and respect. Their motto is to "love until they ask why."

Source: covingtonstorehouse.org

Auburn Food Bank

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In 1930 a family was burned out of their home and neighbors helped gathered what they would need to restart. At the end of that "project", there was enough left over to help more families, and the Auburn Community Chest was formed. Over the years and with new partnerships the Auburn Food Bank has become a staple in the community, assisting nearly 140 families every day by providing food, referrals, and emergency assistance to those in need.

Source: http://www.theauburnfoodbank.org/

Nexus (AYR)

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In 1973 a concerned group of parents, educators, and local civic leaders joined together to address the growing problem of drug abuse among South King County youth, this group founded what was known at the time as Auburn Youth Resources. What began in 1973 as a four-person organization with a budget of $35,000 has become a regional provider of mental health counseling, homeless and emergency shelter, residential, youth outreach and substance abuse services with over 90 employees.

Source: http://nexus4kids.org/

See Ya Later Foundation

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Nearly everyone has been affected by a medical crisis of some sort. Typically, disappointment, fear and discouragement settle on family and friends. Support from others is extremely important when dealing with a family member’s medical issues. Regular activities and schedules and even jobs are sometimes set aside to take care of their unique needs. We’ve been there.

When 10 year-old Scott Banke was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer on his mother’s birthday in July of 1999, family and friends supported them in a variety of ways.  They provided meals, spent time with their daughter, visited them at the hospital, sent cards, wishes and prayers, decorated their house with Christmas lights, and brought snow and built a snowman in their front yard even when there was no snow in town and much more.

After the two-year battle, and in memory of Scott Banke, the mission began. Scott had an unexplainable impact on many people. That’s the reason why his closest adult friends had such a passion to make something good out of something bad. Almost immediately, the idea and vision of a huge indoor play structure, free and open to the community was brought to the Banke family for approval. This was one way to honor the boy who made everyone smile. The family’s consent launched a series of opportunities for Scotty’s friends, the community and beyond

Today See Ya Later provides camps for kids, scholarships to help students continue their education, resources to families, and much more.

Source: http://www.seeyalater.org/