Donation drives for baby shower

United Way to host event for low-income, expectant moms

NASHUA – Welcoming a baby into the world can be one of the most exciting times for a young family, but also one of the scariest.

There is a lot to learn and a lot to buy, and for some families who may not have the extra income or support, it can be difficult to get everything they need.

For the second year, the United Way of Greater Nashua will host a Community Baby Shower to help expecting, low-income families get set up for the exciting next steps.

The baby shower will be May 3 at Nashua High School North, but, just like there is a lot to prepare for a new baby, there’s still a lot to do before the organization can assist more than 40 families.

Various community businesses and other locales have set up internal collections to donate, and Digital Credit Union and People’s Bank have donation bins for their customers, according to Liz Fitzgerald, director of community impact for UWGN. Schools and City Hall have also signed on.

The United Way will host a community drive Saturday at Shaw’s at Royal Ridge on Daniel Webster Highway from noon to 4 p.m.

They will accept new and gently used items like strollers, baby clothes (in all sizes), pack and plays, diapers, wipes, bottles and more. They cannot accept used car seats or used cribs, Fitzgerald said. They will also accept cash or gift certificates to family friendly places.

No donation is too small, and none are too big, as any leftovers will be donated to agency partners like the Front Door and Marguerite’s Place.

The United Way had to scramble to find new collection sites after Walmart, who had always been very supportive, changed its solicitation policy, and Toys R Us, their other backer and previous registry, announced it would be closing its doors.

However, with Shaw’s as a site on Saturday, Old Navy on April 21 and a Target registry, they seem to have worked out a solution.

Mike Apfelberg, UWGN president, said earlier it simply gave them the “opportunity to find different ways of doing things.”

The baby shower itself will have as many as 20 different workshops and tables, centered around topics such as newborn care, including feeding, bathing and swaddling, reading promotions, connections with other parents, childcare, developmental screenings, preventing babies from substance abuse and more.

At each station, parents will get tickets, which can be exchanged later for items at the baby boutique, the shop created from the donated items.

To sign up as a volunteer for either the drive or the event, visit www.volunteergreaternashua.org.

To register as a family receiving assistance, or for more information, contact Liz Fitzgerald at lfitzgerald@unitedway.org.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com.