Local families came out to the annual community baby shower held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Broad Street United Methodist Church.
This year marked the fourth annual event since the Lewis County Family Resource Network (LCFRN) has partnered with the local church in hosting the community baby shower.
“Partnering with the FRN has been a huge help in making the event bigger and even more successful” said event coordinator Dee Evans.
She continued on, saying the event “has had a larger turnout in past years,” but they were glad that around 50 parents attended the baby shower.
The event, which is for families with children under the age of two, included booths with representatives from organizations such as the Lewis County Family Resource Network (LCFRN), Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH), Hope Inc., and the Lewis County Emergency Medical Squad (EMS) to provide parents with information.
Members from the church’s congregation prepared a meal for the families to enjoy, and afterwards they were able to go around to the different booths to speak with the representatives and collect helpful information.
Members from the Lewis County EMS were also in attendance, offering a small class teaching the parents how to perform infant and child CPR.
Event volunteers took the families one by one into a separate room, where the parents could then pick out clothing, blankets, diapers, and other essential items for their children. There were also big items such as strollers, car seats, and toys that were given away as door prizes and drawings were announced during the event.
All of these items were purchased new and donated by community members, banks, law firms, and many other area businesses. Event coordinators said that any items not used during the baby shower would be donated after to the Special Delivery Unit at SJMH.