Bright and early on Impact Day, March 24, 2012, fourteen Junior League of Seattle ladies arrived at the Wellspring Family Services Baby Boutique on Rainier Avenue for a tour of Wellspring and to help sort clothes in their Baby Boutique. The Baby Boutique is a “free store” for homeless families with children. It supports families that are in the cycle of homelessness by providing them with clothing, diapers, infant formula, baby equipment, toys, books and many other essential items.
In 2010 alone, the Baby Boutique served nearly 3,500 homeless children in the greater King County area.
Initially, the shift was supposed to entail sorting through donations, but the efficiency of a Junior League woman should never be underestimated! We soon moved onto stocking the store and helping some of the kids pick out clothes, books and toys.
The highlight of the day was when a little boy picked out some shoes that we had just stocked and looked at us excitedly saying, “this is the best find all year! Three words for you girls – totally rad!”
OK, it was two words, but it was still the cutest and most rewarding thing we heard all day!
Thank you to all the fun, energetic Provisionals and Actives who participated:
Shanna Woo Ganem
Mary Ellen Jilke
The Junior League of Seattle thanks Wellspring Family Services for the privilege of allowing us to work with you this year. Wellspring was established in 1892, and is celebrating 120 of service to our community. If you would like to learn more about Wellspring Family Services, please click on their name to follow a link to their website.