By Alex Foltz
The United Way of Muscatine will hold a Community Baby Shower for the fifth year during the month of April.
The Community Baby Shower is an event which encourages local area businesses to host baby showers in their workplace to collect baby items. These items are then taken to United Way of Muscatine and distributed to area organizations to help families in need.
For those who wish to donate, but are not a part of a company hosting a baby shower, United Way of Muscatine will host a drop-off event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 30. This event will be held in the lobby of Pearl Plaza at 208 W. 2nd St.
All items are welcome, but the items that are in the highest demand are diapers and formula. Examples of items that can be donated are baby wash and shampoo, baby oil and lotion, lightweight blankets, infant Tylenol and Pedialyte, baby thermometers, baby wipes, bottles, onesies of any size, and even new car seats.
The organizations that distribute these items to assist low-income families are local. They include Lutheran Social Services HOPES Program, Muscatine Center for Social Action, Muscatine Community YMCA Family Services, Muscatine Community Food Pantry, and Trinity Public Health.
“Cupcakes and punch will be served for those who come celebrate with us,” said Nichole Sorgenfrey, the program manager at United Way of Muscatine.