Kim is the founder of Operation Showers of Appreciation, and works hard everyday while being a stay at home mom of her 2 children. She supports military families who are expecting new babies by hosting baby showers for up to 100 moms. Since 2006, they have assisted more than 3500 families and have become friends with several of the families they assisted over the years.
OSOA was established in 2006 by Kimberly Felshaw after being assisted by a local church in 2005. In January of 2005, the Felshaw’s were invited to attend a baby shower held by the South Shores Church located in Monarch Beach California, while her spouse served on active duty with the United States Marines. At this shower, they were assisted with everything they would need for the arrival and care for their first child, Allysa. Shortly after the shower, their daughter Allysa arrived. She was six weeks early and diagnosed with a terminal disease called Trisomy 13 and lived for three short weeks. Members of the South Shores Church assisted the Felshaw’s by opening their hearts and hands to them in their time of need.
Their kindness and generosity inspired Kimberly to begin Operation Showers of Appreciation. OSOA assisted their 100th family in July 2008 and have surpassed 3000 families in 2011. OSOA has goals of expanding their services to families located across the United States and hopes of reaching families stationed overseas. The largest obstacle has been receiving enough donations to cover all the families requesting assistance. On many occasions if there was not enough funding, Kimberly would pay for items out her own pocket so that another family didn’t go without the items they needed.
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than 10,000 tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” said Washington Irving and Kimberly reiterated this quote Kimberly while discussing why she assists military families.