Feeding God's Children: Baby Shower
An invitation crossed my desk that read, “You’re invited to a Baby Shower, hosted by Holy Family 1, Chicago, Ill., on March 9, 2018.” I instantly became intrigued because this is not a typical Feeding God’s Children event. This baby shower was for all mothers and babies in need around the Chicago area.
Shelly Temple, Holy Family 1, Chicago, Ill., organized an event that consisted of more than 210 youth coming together to decorate bags and fill them with diapers, wipes, baby wash, baby lotion, bibs, pacifiers and wash cloths for donation.
The event began with eager children rushing through the doors of St. Margaret Mary Church and grabbing a white bag to decorate. Then, they went through different lines to fill their bags with all the items laid out on over a dozen tables in the hall. In addition to the items, the children wrote an encouraging congratulations card for the future recipient of their bags! A total of 122 bags were assembled and donated.
Outreach is near and dear to Shelly’s heart. She said, “It is important for me to show my children how lucky they are. And the best way for me to do that is to have them help me plan service projects and to see how there are so many people out there that do not have the necessities to get through the day.”
Shelly asks her children and their friends for ideas on how to make a service project fun. At the baby shower, a basketball shootout and bag toss game were provided for youth that finished assembling early!
“It is always rewarding to see the outcome and large donation at the end, but really, the part I enjoy the most is seeing all those children come together to do the project and having as much fun as they do,” said Shelly.
Every year, Shelly organizes a different themed care package event, so stay tuned for what is coming in December 2018!
Article by Brittany Demendi.