For many expectant mothers in our community, the excitement of the upcoming birth of their child is diminished by life stresses.
In some cases, a woman has fled domestic violence, which can accelerate during pregnancy or after the birth of a baby. Other times, poverty has made it impossible to prepare for a baby.
Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its sixth annual "community baby shower" to benefit little ones born to families who are not able to afford things for their baby. Donated shower gifts will be given to Skyline Hospital and DSHS, whose trained staff support families expecting a new baby. These programs assist women and their families who have very few resources for their new little one.
In an effort to expand community participation this year, there are multiple donation sites to bring new and gently used baby items.
Donation collection boxes will be located at Skyline Hospital, Trellis Fresh Flowers & Gifts, and Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate on May 13 to 15.
The community is welcome to enjoy refreshments and talk with Soroptimist members at the Community Baby Shower event on Sunday, May 15, from noon - 2 p.m. at Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate in Bingen.
Soroptimist event coordinator Ellen Knoke described many options. "We ask the community to support this important effort by donating new or gently used, unwrapped, gender-neutral shower gifts."
Some suggestions include disposable diapers, both for newborns and older babies; diaper rash ointment; pacifiers or teething rings; bottles; socks; booties; hats; pajamas; onesies or T-shirts; receiving blankets and quilts; baby toys and board books; baby powder; baby shampoo; cloths and wipes; Q-tips; disposable cameras and photo albums; 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." Knoke said.
Supporters can also make cash donations at the event or 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 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.