KEYSER - Registration is now open for the 10th annual Community Baby Shower being sponsored by the Mineral County Family Resource Network (MCFRN) and the Mineral County Health Department.

KEYSER - Registration is now open for the 10th annual Community Baby Shower being sponsored by the Mineral County Family Resource Network (MCFRN) and the Mineral County Health Department.
Last summer, because of this community's generosity, approximately 50 new and expectant mothers in Mineral County received many of the essential items needed when bringing a new baby home. These included a pack of diapers, wipes, blankets, baby lotion and wash, and lots of other necessary items.
Some of the mothers even received big door prizes, including a car seat from both State Farm and Hott Insurance, a crib with mattress and a stroller/car seat combination from Wal-Mart.
Although the shower is set up just like a real baby shower, with decorations, fun games and prizes, good food, and cute favors, there is also an educational component to it.
The expectant mothers will learn things like the benefits of breastfeeding and the many differences between a breast-fed and a formula –fed infant and what the developmental milestones are for their new baby.
Other topics that are covered during the shower are smoking and the effects of smoking while pregnant and/or on a child. Each mother will receive a diaper bag with lots of information, resources, and samples.
Being a new parent can be very overwhelming and quite expensive, so it is the goal once again this year to provide some much-needed relief and support to these families.
The Mineral County Family Network and Health Department continue to accept new baby items for the shower, including disposable diapers sizes newborn to size 2, disposable wipes, baby lotion, baby wash, bottles, small baby toys, pacifiers, diaper cream, white undershirts/onesies, booties/socks, bibs/burp cloths, neutral sleepers.
The shower will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from noon to 3 p.m. at Potomac State College and will once again be open to all expectant mothers and new mothers of infants up to six months old in Mineral County.
Attendees must register by calling the Mineral County Health Department at 304-788-1321.
Donations of all kinds and sizes are welcome and can be dropped off at the Health Department or the MCFRN Complex. For more information on how you can be a part of this wonderful event, please contact the Mineral County Family Resource Director Gerri Mason at 304-788-9099.