New and expectant mothers in Gadsden County were invited to a special county-wide baby shower, which took place on Saturday, April 15, beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m.
The event was hosted by the Tau Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority, in partnership with the March of Dimes, at the Zeta house/Stork’s Nest in Quincy.
“We provide baby items, different programs and services that [young and expectant mothers] can use, so that we can help prevent premature births, and provide them with health care services,” said C. Lynn Thomas, president of the Stork’s Nest. “We’re giving out over 2,000 baby items today to those who have signed up and registered.”
Tables set out alongside the Zeta House were loaded with diapers, wipes, bottles, onesies, and other supplies for distribution by Zeta members to expectant mothers, as well as mothers of children up to 12 months old.
On the other side of the building, various health and service providers set up display tables, including the NAACP, Healthy Start Families, Gadsden Woman to Woman, the Neighborhood Medical Center Mobile Unit, the Florida Highway Patrol, who provided education about child safety seats for vehicles, and the Gadsden Technical Institute School of Practical Nursing.
“I want to thank the City of Quincy and Gadsden County,” said Thomas. “They have worked so graciously with us and helped us make this event happen today. I especially want to thank the Tau Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.”
Thomas also said that the Stork’s Nest is working to make this an annual or semi-annual event.
Stephen Klein – Gadsden County News Service