A Community Embracing Parenthood

Updated: May 1, 2019

The Community Baby Shower this past Sunday had many of the elements you would expect at a traditional baby shower. There were gifts, there was cake, there was camaraderie. What was different was that, instead of putting one mom at the center of attention, there were dozens of new and expectant moms and families welcomed into parenthood by their community.


Now in year two, this United Way event gives low income families a stronger start to parenthood by providing them with essential supplies and resources.


Made possible by the generous donations of individuals and local businesses, each mom or family went home with a car seat and a case of diapers, as well as a gift basket filled with clothing, blankets and books. Additional gifts were raffled off, including several strollers, handmade blankets, a crib and a glider.


Perhaps even more valuable than the baby supplies was access to the many resources at the event. New and expectant moms had a chance to visit more than a dozen information tables to learn about car seat safety, infant CPR, post partum depression, early literacy and more.


I’m glad to be a part of this community, and knowing that there really are good people out there who care. Thank you for the opportunity to see what support and resources are out  there. –Crystale R., baby shower guest


The Community Baby Shower is sponsored by Women United, the Premier Companies, Cape Cod Healthcare, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank and Cardi's Furniture.


Resources were provided by:

  • A Baby Center

  • Barnstable County Public Health

  • CACCI (Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and Islands)

  • Cape Cod Car Seat Safety Program

  • Cape Cod Children's Place

  • Cape Cod Five

  • Cape Cod Healthcare

  • Cape Cod Reserve Corp.

  • Child Care Network

  • Outer Cape Health

  • Duffy Health Center

  • Moms Do Care

  • CFCEs

  • Children's Cove

  • Maternal Depression Task Force

  • Health Imperatives

  • Sandwich Partnership for Families


Business support comes from:


  • A Baby Center*

  • AC Moore

  • Black Purls Yarn Shop

  • CapeSpace

  • Eight Cousins Book Store

  • Fit Company For Women

  • Flair Floral

  • Kind Hearts for Kids

  • Lily's Florist & Gifts

  • Premier Companies

  • Quench Training for Women

  • RPM Carpets

  • Starbucks Bourne

  • Starbucks Hyannis

  • Starbucks Mashpee Commons

  • Whole Foods

  • Yarmouth Police Department

  • Yummy Cakes


*Car seats were donated by A Baby Center, made possible by a grant from The Hyannis Rotary. A Baby Center also donated more than $1,000 in diapers.



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P.O. Box 367

Centerville, MA 02632
508.775.4746 

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