On Saturday, March 8, Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams will sponsor a Community Baby Shower in downtown White Salmon from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The club will accept contributions of baby items from the community near Collage of the Gorge and White Salmon Glassworks. The club will then donate collected items to First Steps, a division of the Department of Social and Health Services that assists and supports new mothers and their babies, and the Skyline Foundation.
"The focus of First Steps is to assist new mothers with little or no resources to provide for their newborns," explained Tishy Stein of First Steps. "59 percent of babies born in Klickitat County, and 42 percent of babies born in Skamania County, are born into low-income conditions. Sometimes the mother has fled a domestic violence situation, sometimes the mother simply has few financial resources, and sometimes drugs come into play and the child goes immediately into foster care. Some of these babies are born without the supplies they require, and support from the community at large -- which means just a little help from everyone -- can make such a difference in the lives of these babies."
Items donated to Skyline Foundation will assist those born at Skyline Hospital.
Soroptimist event coordinator and club Co-President, Kim Larsen, added, "We ask the community to support this important effort by donating newborn-size items. Some suggestions are disposable diapers, pacifiers, receiving blankets and quilts, bottles, socks, baby toys, baby powder, shampoo, cloths and wipes, Q-tips, onesies or T-shirts, pajamas, first aid kits, car seats, and knitted hats and booties. If someone wants to provide support for the mother, things like diaper bags, phone cards, gift cards. Parenting books such as What to Expect the First Year would be very appreciated. We will accept gently used gifts, too."
Donations can also be delivered to Butterflies, Flowers and Gifts, Collage of the Gorge or White Salmon Glassworks in White Salmon the week before and following the event on March 8, and supporters can make cash donations by mailing checks payable to Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams, P.O. Box 152, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.
Donations through the Mt. Adams club will be distributed to communities within the club's service area, from Stevenson to Dallesport and into the Mt. Adams valley, including Glenwood, Trout Lake and Klickitat.
Soroptimist International of Hood River is also hosting a baby shower at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital as part of the national Soroptimist Saturday of Service project.
"Poverty is not a choice; people don't ask to live in poverty and these innocent babies deserve to have their basic needs met. With a little help from everyone, we could ease the burden on new mothers and provide items that could give babies a great start," commented Soroptimist of Mt. Adams Co-President Jan Callow.
"We are really trying to encourage people to become involved in helping the new members of our community. We plan to have fun, too, by offering refreshments and offering an opportunity to win door prizes to everyone who makes a contribution," said Callow.
For more information, call 493-1839.