Love rains down
Shower of Love is an annual baby care drive that collects thousands of basic goods for families in need in St. Charles County
By Brett Auten
Week-to-week. Month-to-month. There are families that are hanging on by a thread.
In St. Charles County, local agencies receive hundreds of inquiries each month asking for diapers, baby clothes, car seats and other basics.
And each year, Shower of Love looks to remedy that.
Since 2007, Shower of Love has collected $966,000 in donations for nonprofits in St. Charles County, assisting hundreds of mothers, infants, and families each year. According to Shower of Love Coordinator Jeanne Spencer, federal programs do not typically provide diapers and baby care items, and for many families spending an average of $100 a month for baby supplies can be a struggle.
Shower of Love wants to make sure that no mother has to reuse diapers or trust second-or-third-hand equipment, which can lead to serious physical and developmental problems for babies.
“No baby should have to sit in a dirty diaper because mom or dad doesn’t have enough diapers,” Spencer said. “One box of diapers may be all of the difference in the world for these moms.”
Slated for May 2, the 13th annual Shower of Love is a baby care drive sponsored by the Community and Children’s Resource Board of St. Charles County.
In April, over 40 businesses, churches, schools, and civic groups will host donation drives for the Shower of Love and things are kicking off this week with a new event, Fill the Ambulance for Babies.
Mid Rivers Mall and the St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD) Grants Administrator want to help local families by partnering to “Fill the Ambulance for Babies” on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Shower of Love and SCCAD representatives will be accepting donations of baby basics, such as baby wipes, diapers, Enfamil formula, new car seats, pack ‘n plays, and strollers. Look for the SCCAD ambulance at the entrance near V-Stock and Macy’s.
Fill the Ambulance for Babies is just one of several local events benefiting Shower of Love.
On April 27, O’Fallon’s Good News Brewing and Alpha & Omega Roasting Company are hosting a baby shower to support of Shower of Love. If you bring in a donation of wipes, formula, diapers, or other baby care items during business hours you will receive a free 10-ounce beer at Good News Brewing or a free 12-ounce coffee at Alpha & Omega Roasting Company.
On May 2, Shower of Love volunteers will solicit baby care donations at local Midtowne Market, Dierbergs, and Walmart stores. Donations collected by the Shower of Love are distributed to ten nonprofits: Birthright of St. Charles, Birthright of Wentzville, Mary Queen of Angels, Nurses for Newborns, Our Lady’s Inn, Saint Louis Crisis Nursery – St. Charles and Wentzville, Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service, The Sparrow’s Nest, ThriVe St. Louis, and Youth In Need– Teen Parent and Head Start & Early Head Start programs.
For a list of participating community members, a link to an Amazon Wishlist, and a full list of donation locations, visit www.showeroflovestc.org or call Spencer at 636-939-6200.
“One box of diapers may be all of the difference these moms need to get through a difficult week,” Spencer said. “The mothers are always so grateful.”
Diapers (esp. sizes 4, 5, and 6)
Pull-Ups, all sizes
Diaper Rash Ointment
Pack ’n Play and Crib Sheets
Pack ‘n Plays*
*New items only
CUTLINE: Photos by Kate Edmonson