Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its seventh annual Community Baby Shower from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Katina's Cafe in White Salmon.
The event benefits infants born into families of limited resources -- often young, single mothers. Donated shower gifts will be given to Skyline Hospital and DSHS, whose trained staff will then distribute items to families in need.
Donation collection boxes will be located at Skyline Hospital, Trellis Fresh Flowers & Gifts, and Katina's Cafe, all in White Salmon, until May 5.
The community is welcome to enjoy refreshments and talk with Soroptimist members at the Community Baby Shower official event on May 5 at Katina's Cafe.
For many expectant mothers in the 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 event coordinator Ellen Knoke suggested many options that the community has to support the event.
"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."
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.