Library hosts community baby shower

MORGANTOWN — The old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child” was represented Monday morning as the Morgantown Public Library played host to the Fall 2018 Community Baby Shower.

The annual event is an opportunity for new and expecting mothers to come together and gather information, contacts and resources.

Christine Wallace, representing The Shack Neighborhood House, provided some background on the shower.

“We started having the baby shower at the library last year. It used to just be yearly at The Shack, but we realized there really was a need to get moms connected with resources who couldn’t drive out to The Shack,” she said. “The library is way more convenient for people without transportation.”

The gathering included representatives from The Shack, Monongalia County Starting Points Family Resource Center, West Virginia Healthy Start/HAPI, Right From the Start, Cardinal Pediatrics, Mon Health System, Child Care Resource Center, The Health Plan, The United Way, The Family Resource Network, WIC and Head Start.

Jessica Staley, family resource manager with The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, said the community shower is a tremendous resource and an asset to the community.

“This is something that’s absolutely needed and I’m so glad that so many agencies come together to provide resources for these new mothers and expecting mothers in our community,” she said.

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