COLORADO SPRINGS — If you've ever been a first-time parent, you know how nerve-racking it can be leading up to the due date. Baby supplies are expensive as it is, and if you're a military family on a budget, every penny counts!
One local non-profit wants to ease that burden for first-time and expecting military families. Saturday, Operation Homefront hosted their annual Star Spangled Baby Shower.
Throughout the afternoon, 100 new and expecting families received diaper bags full of pampers, bottles, formula, and other supplies.
"It helps us serve the people who signed up to protect the communities they live in," said Kathleen Coleman, Program Director. "We'd like to hope that this will alleviate some of those budget items that they would normally have to purchase. They can then use those funds for other critical things they need to buy."
Because of the pandemic, families were served in a drive-through format in the venue parking lot. Families had to pre-register in advance in order to pick up their supplies.
"A lot of military families are geographically separated from their friends and family so a lot of the women don't get to have an actual baby shower because they are not around their relatives," Coleman explained. "They may have just moved here and they don't know anybody to give them a baby shower."
The event is made possible through partnerships with P&G, Delta Children, and Public Trust Advisors.
Operation Homefront provides other programs and resources to military families throughout the state. For more information, click here.