Children's Tumor Foundation, in honor of my late friend Amy. I'm so happy to support a cause that was so near to her heart.
In the month of April I'm happy to not only support, but also bring awareness to the Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City's Community Baby Shower by donating $0.50 for every comment on my blog during the month.
I feel very blessed to be able to provide all basic needs for my family - food, clothing, shelter and love. But I realize that not all children are that fortunate. Each year in North Iowa, many babies are born into poverty. There are also many women who receive late or no prenatal care, many times resulting in babies that are pre-term or have a low birth weight. The Caring Pregnancy Center helps these moms and children through various programs, such as their Baby Bucks Program.
The first annual Community Baby Shower helps the Baby Bucks Program and is happening today, April 1st through May 2nd. The Baby Bucks incentive program is a way for at-risk mothers and other mothers to earn essential baby items by going to doctors appointments, taking parenting classes, having and keeping a job, breastfeeding, etc. These supplies and support programs give both moms and children help needed for a healthy beginning and early childhood needs.
Jo Hafermann, executive director of Mason City's Caring Pregnancy Center, says they are looking for the following items: diapers (all sizes besides size 1), pull-ups, wipes, baby acetaminophen, baby cereal, bottles, bottle liners, bottle brushes, formula, teething medicine, baby toys, bibs, baby shampoo, baby powder, baby lotion, baby bath wash and shampoo, baby clothes through size 5T and onesies. They are also in need of furniture items: new cribs, pack-n-plays, strollers, high chairs and new car seats. All furniture items must be new or up to current safety standards, clean and in great working conditions.
You can make a difference by hosting your own "Baby Shower" item drive with friends or co-workers, or donate money towards the purchase of supplies. You can drop off your Baby Shower gifts at the Caring Pregnancy Center at 830 15th St SW in Mason City during scheduled hours or by coming to the Community Baby Shower on Saturday, May 2nd from 9-11am at the Willow Brook Mall in Mason City. For more information on the Community Baby Shower service project you can contact Jo Hafermann at 641.424.2237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also make a difference by commenting on any post blog post all month. If you were to host a Baby Shower, who would you invite? What would you bring as a gift? What is your favorite Baby Shower game? Remember to Comment for a Cause!