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SANTA CLAUS COMES EARLY FOR HUNDREDS OF STRUGGLING FAMILIES

 SANTA CLAUS COMES EARLY FOR HUNDREDS OF STRUGGLING FAMILIES
 SEATTLE, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- With an outpouring of love the customers of Baby Diaper Service donated 30,500 pounds (over 15 tons) of clothing for the homeless and poverty-level children in the Puget Sound area, Baby Diaper Service announced today.
 All the clothing was clean, in good condition and of sizes ranging from newborn to preteen. In fact, much of it was brand new with price tags still attached.
 How was this done? The National Association of Diaper Services (NADS) joined again with the National Coalition for the Homeless in asking member diaper services for help. The Baby Diaper Service, the local member, gladly took on the task of soliciting donations from their over 13,500 customers. As customers left out donations throughout September, Baby Diaper Service picked them up and re-distributed them to over 35 agencies and shelters.
 Why does Baby Diaper Service not only become involved in numerous community projects, but even start them when they see a need? As president of Baby Diaper Service, Brian Smithson said, "We care about baby's bottoms, the environment and the bottom line, but we also care about what happens to families. We feel we just have to help. Next year we hope to expand our outreach to help even more."
 CLOTHES FOR KIDS DRIVE 1992
 BABY DIAPER SERVICE AND THE COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
 Following is a partial list of charities that received clothing. Please call the agencies to their permission before printing their address or phone number.
 - Pregnancy Aid, 926 Auburn Way N., Auburn, 206-631-4785
 - Bremerton Food Line, 801 - 11 St., Bremerton, 206-479-6188
 - St. Vincent De Paul, 1137 N. Callow, Bremerton, 206-479-7017
 - Carol Roe Memorial Foodbank, 828 Casper, Edmonds, 206-778-5833
 - Pregnancy Aid, 2731 - 10th St., Everett, 206-252-6444
 - Federal Way Clothing Bank, 1200 S. 336th St., Federal Way,
 206-838-6810
 - Community Service Center Clothing Bank, 525 N. 4th, Kent,
 206-859-3438
 - Pregnancy Aid, 202 1/2 W. Gowe, Suite E-1, Kent, 206-852-1201
 - S. Kitsap Help Line, 1770 Village Lane SE, Port Orchard,
 206-871-7026
 - God's Closet, 613 - 23rd St. NW, Puyallup, 206-845-1639
 - Atlantic Street Center, 2103 S. Atlantic St., Seattle,
 206-329-2050
 - Beacon Avenue Food Bank, 6230 Beacon Ave., Seattle, 206-722-5105
 - Catholic Community Services, 100 - 23rd Avenue S., Seattle,
 206-328-5973.
 - Fremont Public Assoc., 3601 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, 206-634-2222
 - Frances House, 169 - 12th Ave., Seattle, 206-621-0945
 - Midway Covenant Church Clothing Bank, 22460 - 24th Ave. S.,
 Seattle, 206-878-4861
 - The Mom's Project, 3600 S. Graham, Seattle, 206-721-2750
 - Pregnancy Aid, 509 Olive Way, Suite 1507, Seattle, 206-621-1721
 - Pregnancy Aid, 1810 S. 216, Seattle, 206-878-3770
 - St. Joseph Baby Corner, 732 - 18th Ave. E., Seattle, 206-726-1435
 - St. Vincent De Paul, 820 - 18th Ave., Seattle, 206-623-1697
 - 7th Day Adventists Community Services, 628 N. Sprague, Tacoma
 206-272-8289
 - Co-Ord. for Emergency Food Network, 511 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma,
 206-383-2144
 - Crisis Pregnancy Ctr., 1209 - 6th Ave., Tacoma, 206-383-2988
 - Martin Luther King Ecumenical Ctr, 1424 Tacoma S., No. A, Tacoma,
 206-383-1585
 - Pregnancy Aid, 902 S. Market, Tacoma, 206-383-4100
 - Broadview Shelter Program (Emergency Shelter-can't give address)
 - El Centro de la Rosa (Emergency Shelter-can't give address)
 - The Hickman House Shelter (Emergency Shelter-can't give address)
 - Morning Song Shelter (Emergency Shelter-can't give address)
 - Neighborhood House Shelter (Emergency Shelter-can't give address)
 - New Beginnings Home for Young Women (Emergency Shelter-can't
 give address)
 - Sacred Hearts Shelter (Emergency Shelter-can't give address)
 - YWCA Women's Support Shelter (Emergency Shelter-can't give address)
 How Clothes for Kids was started
 Mary Hilton, a NADS board member and diaper service owner in southwest Michigan, presented the clothing drive, Clothes for Kids concept to the NADS general membership at its national convention in May 1991. The members recognize that the economic downturn has caused many American parents with children to lose their jobs, and because of that, they also lost their homes. With just a little research, it quickly became apparent the plight of the homeless. The NADS discussion turned to developing a plan of action for Clothes for Kids and a timetable for implementation.
 From the beginning, the goal was to collect good, used clothing for American children, and it wasn't long before The National Coalition for the Homeless was on board as the sponsoring charity organization in charge of the clothing distribution.
 How Clothes for Kids Works
 During their regular weekly stops at customer homes during September 1992, the participating diaper services will distribute special Clothes for Kids collection bags. On following weeks, the diaper services will pick up the collection bags during their return trips to their customers. The collected clothing will then be delivered to the nearest affiliate member of The National Coalition for the Homeless for immediate distribution to America's homeless children. The 1991 Clothes for Kids campaign netted over 350,000 pounds of quality infant and children's clothing and shoes. This will be the program's second year.
 Clothes for Kids is scheduled as an early-fall annual event.
 Information on America's Homeless
 The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that there are at least 3 million homeless people in the United States. Not all of them are on the streets or in shelters. Some are "hidden" as they are staying with friends or relatives, often in over-crowded situations. Others -- particularly in rural areas -- are living in less than adequate conditions in shacks or coops open to the elements and without plumbing or safe ways of cooking and heating.
 A study by the national Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found that the number of people living in shelters has increased 155 percent between 1984 and 1988. Families with children appear to be the fastest-growing segment, comprising 39 percent of the homeless population, according to the study.
 The U.S. Conference of Mayors found that demands for emergency shelters increased by 23 percent from families with children in one year (1989). Homeless families with children were mentioned most frequently as the group with the greatest need for shelter and other services.
 The face of America's homeless now mirrors the face of America's poor. The old stereotype of the single, white male alcoholic no longer applies. A 1988 HUD survey indicated the following rough numbers:
 Unaccompanied men 45 percent
 Unaccompanied women 14 percent
 Families 40 percent
 Percent under 18 26 percent
 -0- 10/6/92
 /CONTACT: Pauline Cornelius of Baby Diaper Service, 206-634-2229/ CO: Baby Diaper Service; National Coalition for the Homeless ST: Washington IN: SU:


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