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Community Action Agency connects families with baby essentials

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 14:58:06-04

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency held a drive-thru baby shower for 60 local families Saturday.

The giveaway connected families with important baby supplies like food boxes, portable cribs, diapers and more.

“We had planned to do a baby shower in March, but with the pandemic coming about we had to change our date,” said Sherry Childers, program coordinator for the Community Action Agency STEPS program.

“We wanted to come together and make sure that our pregnant moms could receive some education so while they’re pregnant they can make some healthy choices," she said.

Families were able to drive right through the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency on Langdon Farm Road, stop their car, and get the baby supplies they needed. Plus, families could learn how to safely use some of those items.

Organizers said the more resources and information local mothers have, the better equipped they are to raise a healthy baby.

Kendra Ritter is a new mother who said the drive-thru helped to calm her nerves.

“Just to help out, everyone needs help sometimes. Especially for first-timers it can be very nervous,” she said. “I know it’s going to be hard, but I’m glad I have this to help out.”

The shower was organized by Cincinnati-Hamilton County Communication Action Agency along with Cradle Cincinnati and the Buckeye Health Plan.

Kimberly McGinnis with Cradle Cincinnati said connecting families with diapers makes a big difference for their baby’s health.

“It’s extremely important. Particularly around the diaper donations; many times when people don’t have enough money, they will try and ration diapers. And if you’re rationing diapers, you’re challenged with diaper rash and other related illnesses,” she said.

“Those are things, key central items, that really everybody deserves to have in order to take care of their babies.”