Jacksonville Birthing Project hosts successful 2nd Annual Baby Shower

The Jacksonville Birthing Project held its 2nd Annual Baby Shower at the gym of Edward Waters College on Saturday, June 25. The event attracted over 175 ladies who were either pregnant or caring for a child under the age of two.

The event, sponsored by a March of Dimes community grant, was so popular it went an hour over its scheduled time of 11am-1pm.

A budding tradition for the Jacksonville Birthing Project, the Baby Shower successfully brought together both ladies caring for infants, and various social service organizations throughout Jacksonville. Some of these groups included Florida KidCare, Winn Dixie’s Baby Club, Duval County Health Department’s Family Planning Services and La Leche League.

After registering for the event upon arrival, ladies were asked to visit all thirteen vendor tables in order to be entered into the many raffles that took place later that afternoon, as well as to be able to visit the Wishing Well. At the well, participants could choose and take home an article of clothing for baby, a toy, car seat or any other of the many donated items.

The Baby Shower was truly a volunteer-based event, with people not only from Healthy Start donating their time, but the vendors, City Rescue Mission employees, Sweet Tomatoes’ catering, and students of Edward Waters College as well. With the overwhelming success of the event, it looks like the Jacksonville Birthing Project can expect more than a few new participants in upcoming months.

Written by Olivia Gibson