Friday, March 16, 2012

Phoenix Shower Donations Needed!!!!

Operation Showers of Appreciation will host a baby shower on Saturday March 31, 2012 at The Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley – Compadre Branch located in Chandler, AZ at 2pm. Approximately 20 new and expecting mothers who have deployed partners or are active-duty servicewomen will be supported. All military branches of service will be invited (Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines) to participate. The event will include gifts from the local community.

The majority of the women are first-time moms or expecting multiples. Due to constant deployments many of these expecting mothers will be giving birth while their husbands are deployed in combat areas such as Afghanistan. In addition to an afternoon of food and games the most important opportunity for many of these new moms is to be surrounded by other women in the exact same situation as they celebrate the births of their new babies.

“We are so excited to have our first Phoenix shower,” said Kimberly Felshaw, President of Operation Showers of Appreciation. "New motherhood is challenging enough under ideal circumstances, so being able to support and lift up these mothers while their partners are deployed is just fantastic. It helps ensure moms have what they need, and reassures deployed dads that their loved ones are cared for so that they can focus on their mission."

Individuals or companies wishing to donate items or volunteer please contact Angie Martin - Operation Showers of Appreciation Phoenix Shower Coordinator at 530-363-2464 or via e-mail at rsphoenix_fra@yahoo.com .  Donations of baby items can be handmade or purchased. There is a need for diapers, baby shampoo/wash, bottles, teethers, pacifiers, bath tubs, wash cloths, clothing, socks, shoes and toys.