On Saturday, March 6, Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams will sponsor its Community Baby Shower at White Salmon Glassworks in downtown White Salmon, from noon to 4 p.m.
The club will accept contributions of baby items from the community and 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 Skyline Hospital.
"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. "Fifty-nine 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 domestically violent 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 Hospital will assist those babies in need born there.
Soroptimist event coordinator Ellen Knoke 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 mothers, things like diaper bags, phone cards, gift cards, and 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 White Salmon Glassworks or Collage of the Gorge in downtown White Salmon the week before and following the event on March 6. 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.
"Poverty is not a choice; people don't ask to live in poverty and these innocent babies deserve to have their basic needs met. We recognize that this is a difficult economy for everyone, and if we join together, with everyone helping a little bit, we can make a significant difference in the lives of these children and their mothers," said Soroptimist of Mt. Adams Co-President Pat Paulsen.
"We invite everyone to join us in this effort and to have fun because it is, after all, a baby shower! We'll be serving refreshments and will draw for a door prize or two for donors," said Soroptimist Pam Morneault.
Contact Knoke at 493-8400 or Morneault at 493-4483 for more information.
Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.