MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Expectant mothers and those with newborns gathered for a baby shower at the Ball Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Aug. 6.
The shower’s intent was to support mothers whose spouses are currently deployed or will be deploying shortly by providing a venue where they could meet others who are in the same or similar situation to show they are not alone.
“We came to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune because we know there are a lot of women who are pregnant while their husbands are deployed,” said LeAnn Morrissey, chief shower officer of Operation Shower. “We just want them to know they are not alone, and we support them.”
Katie Gudgel, an expectant mother and one of more than 40 attendees, said she was glad she came because it showed her people care about the hardships service members and their spouses endure.
The baby shower featured a raffle and various baby items were presented to the mothers. Each mom also received a gift box containing bottles, baby bibs, travel pillows toys and even a free car seat.
LeOra Fuhler, a volunteer with Operation Shower, said she volunteers because she enjoys seeing the reaction of the moms when they open their gifts. She also said they want the moms to feel special and make sure they know they are appreciated.
Casey Post, an expectant mother whose husband is deployed, said she was extremely grateful for the opportunity to meet the other mothers and for the thoughtfulness of all the volunteers.
“It’s comforting knowing there are people out there that care about us and the struggles we go through,” said Post.
Operation Shower kicked off the year by having a baby shower in Hawaii and will host a total of 13 baby showers this year nationwide for new military moms and moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed.
For more information, visit www.operationshower.org
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