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Sixth Annual Community Baby Shower Supports New Moms in Need
Long Beach, CA – May 7, 2013 – Donations are currently being accepted for the annual Community Baby Shower collection drive, a yearly collection drive begun by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske several years ago. The drive, in partnership with Long Beach Cares and the Long Beach Public Health Nurses, helps provide basic going-home newborn kits for low-income mothers to use after they give birth in local Long Beach hospitals.
“While I was serving as a member of the City’s Board of Health and Human Services, I learned that many moms simply didn’t have the basics such as diaper bags when taking home their babies from the hospital where I worked, so I came up with the ‘Community Baby Shower’ to help fill the gap,” explained Schipske, who is an OB/GYN Registered Nurse Practitioner and currently serves as Vice President of the California Medical Board.
Items accepted for donation are: diapers, blankets, hats, socks, baby wipes, bibs, and mittens. Baby bottles are not accepted because the public health nurse is encouraging breast-feeding. All items will be evenly distributed among expectant mothers currently enrolled in programs within the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. These programs, with the help of the donated items, go towards ensuring a healthier outcome for each mother’s pregnancy.
Over the past five years, Community Baby Shower has put together more than 800 newborn kits and raised $8500 towards the program.
This year’s participants include the Junior League of Long Beach, Stitches From the Heart, and Quilters by the Sea with more organizations joining in the effort every week. Past participants have included the Alpert Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family and Children Services, Kidz Head 2 Toe Resale Boutique, Friends of the Long Beach Firefighters, Quilters By The Sea, various local churches and generous donations from Long Beach residents.
Organizations and individuals are encouraged to donate new items between May 1-24, at the Fifth District Neighborhood Office, 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach 90815, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. Tax-deductible financial donations for the purchase of items can be sent to Long Beach Cares, 2525 Grand Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815. Please not “Community Baby Shower” on the check.
For more information contact Rachel Powers in the office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562-570-6932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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