MUSKEGON, MI – United Way of the Lakeshore celebrated the end of the Baby Product Drive held during April with a community Baby Shower. Families visiting Salvation Army in Muskegon were given packages of donations.
13,000 items were donated
87 families received donation packages
156 children were helped
“It was inspiring to watch as families received the thoughtful donations,” says UWL Community Engagement Director, Dominique Bunker. “We received wipes, ointments, baby bottles, formulas, clothes, teethers, thermometers…all the important and expensive items every parent needs to care for their young children. Because of these donations, mothers went home with a little weight lifted off their shoulders, knowing that they had the items they needed to keep their children healthy.”
The Baby Shower was held at the Salvation Army in Muskegon, on Saturday, May 15th from 2 pm to 4:30. Volunteers met in the morning to organize the variety of items donated into packages for each family.
“Many families simply do not have the resources to provide clean diapers and products for basic care for their babies. Not every family has access to washers and dryers to use cloth diapers. Since the pandemic, millions of Americans have lost their jobs, especially women and low-wage workers (according to the Washington Post). Families in our community our especially vulnerable right now. These mothers face difficult decisions trying to keep their children healthy while living near or at the poverty line. Being able to provide clean diapers, healthy formula, check their baby’s temperature…these donations bring pride and relief to caring mothers in Muskegon, Oceana, and Newaygo counties, especially during the pandemic.”
United Way of the Lakeshore is uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities.
Our Bold Goal – 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025.
For more information, contact United Way of the Lakeshore at 231-332-4047 or visit www.unitedwaylakeshore.org