Good News Brewing and Alpha & Omega Roasting Company are hosting a baby shower to support of Shower of Love. On Saturday April 27, bring in a donation of wipes, formula, diapers, or other baby care items during business hours and receive a free 10 ounce beer at Good News Brewing or a free 12 oz coffee at Alpha & Omega Roasting Company. Both are located in O’Fallon.
“We are so thankful to partner with the wonderful people at Good News and Alpha & Omega and for the help in raising awareness about the fragile families in our community. Federal programs do not typically provide diapers and baby care items, and for many families spending an average of $100 a month for baby supplies is a hardship. It’s a safety concern, too; as reusing diapers and using old or second-hand equipment can lead to serious physical and developmental problems for babies. Mothers can’t go to work or may have to leave school or delay their education in order to provide for their child. No baby should have to sit in a dirty diaper because mom or dad doesn’t have enough diapers,” said Jeanne Spencer, coordinator for Shower of Love.
Nationally, 1 in 3 families do not have an adequate supply of diapers, wipes, and baby care items. Parents who struggle to afford these basics, often feel increased financial stress and may water down formula or re-use their disposable diapers, just to make it through the week. In St. Charles County, local agencies receive hundreds of inquiries each month asking for diapers, baby clothes, car seats, and other basics. Shower of Love ensures babies and moms have access to baby basics all year round.
Shower of Love is an annual baby care drive sponsored by the Community and Children’s Resource Board of St. Charles County. On Thursday, May 2, Shower of Love volunteers will solicit baby care donations at local Midtowne Market, Dierbergs, and Walmart stores. Donations collected by the Shower of Love are distributed to ten non-profits: Birthright of St. Charles, Birthright of Wentzville, Mary Queen of Angels, Nurses for Newborns, Our Lady’s Inn, Saint Louis Crisis Nursery—St. Charles and Wentzville, Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service, The Sparrow’s Nest, ThriVe St. Louis, and Youth In Need– Teen Parent and Head Start & Early Head Start programs.
The impact of Shower of Love is extensive. One young mom was in a difficult situation when she began teen parent classes at Youth In Need. Impoverished, pregnant, and trying to finish high school, she was unsure of how she could work, go to school, and take care everything her new baby needed. In the teen parent program, she was given the opportunity to earn diapers, formula, and other items she needed, as well as get parenting support and safety education. Having this additional support allowed her to stay in school.
Brewing for Babies is just one of several local events benefiting Shower of Love. During April, over 40 businesses, churches, schools, and civic groups hosted donation drives for the Shower of Love. Since 2007, Shower of Love has collected $966,000 in donations for non-profits in St. Charles County, assisting hundreds of mothers, infants, and families each year. For more information, visit www.showeroflovestc.org or call Jeanne Spencer at 636-939-6200.