Drive-By baby shower served 49 participants this year

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The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council sponsored a drive-by baby shower for expectant and new mothers on Aug. 27 at the Council’s Service Center on Paris Street in Huntingdon. This year a decision was made to have a drive-by shower instead of the usual one on the inside due to COVID 19 Pandemic.

This year 49 participants were served. Last year there were 70 participants.

PRESENTATIONS – In foreground, Alex Cunningham with Northwest Head Start and Kathy Ham with Beating Hearts Help Center present items to a drive-by mother.

Several agencies that included the Carroll County Health Department, Beating Hearts Help Center, and Northwest Tenn. Head Start assisted with the event which is in its fifth year.

The mothers are given such gifts as wipes, diapers, medicine syringes and goody bags, along with helpful information. Some used car seats and baby toys that had been donated were available as well.

“This has been a difficult time for everyone with the COVID 19 Pandemic and we just want to try to see that everyone is served,” said Amber Gilmer, director of the Development Council’s Carroll County Service Center.

GIFTS – From left, volunteers Barbara Stone and Sharon Cooley present to expectant mother Robyn Wallace of McKenzie the gifts she has chosen at the drive- by baby shower at the Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council Center on Aug. 27.

Robyn Wallace of McKenzie was among the expectant mothers who was being served. Her first baby, a daughter is due Sept. 17.

“I like the giveaways because it helps new mommies,” she said as she was in the process of picking out a swing and various baby toys.

Making donations to the event were Tennessee Child Care Resource and Referral Center, Carroll County Library, Carl Perkins Center, West Tennessee Adult Education, E. W. James, and Lindsey Milam Townes.

Assisting from the Carroll County Health Department were Shelba Hastings, Robyn Halter, Jackie Laws, and Jennifer Williams, from Beating Hearts was Kathy Ham and from Northwest Tenn. Head Start was Alex Cunningham.

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