Councilmember revives community baby shower

In the years prior to being elected to the Long Beach City Council for District 5, Gerrie Schipske, a registered nurse practitioner, started a community baby shower to provide “basic newborn kits” for low-income mothers to use after they gave birth in local hospitals. Public health nurses used these kits as incentives to encourage expectant mothers to participate in a prenatal care and educational program to help ensure healthier outcomes from their pregnancies.
Councilwoman Schipske is restarting the baby shower and is seeking help from the public in creating the kits. Needed items include diapers, diaper bags, baby wipes, bibs, booties, socks, sleep wear, hats and blankets. (Organizers are discouraging donations of baby bottles since the nurses are trying to promote breast feeding.)
Councilwoman Schipske’s neighborhood office at 2760 Studebaker Road is accepting donations Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until May 5.
Those wishing to donate money in lieu of baby items can make tax-deductible contributions to Long Beach Cares, 2525 Grand Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815.
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services invites the public to to help assemble the newborn kits Friday, May 9 at 1:30 p.m. at 2525 Grand Ave. All those who help will receive a free baby shower cake and coffee.
For more information, contact Tiffany Andrews at (562) 570-6932.

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