Stork party for moms in need

A GROUP of Port Elizabeth women are planning a baby shower for mothers they have never met to collect gifts for needy newborns.

The novel idea comes from the Facebook group “Giving gifts to newborn babies in need in PE” which, since its start in November, has assisted about 200 mothers a month.

Retired social worker Desire Goodwin, who started the group and heads it with the help of six administrators, said the stork party was a way of generating more donations.

“There has been a slump in the quantity of baby clothes we have been getting. The stork party is a way to raise funds and collect baby goodies,” she said.

When they started the venture last year, a gift pack contained a few nappies, a onesie, booties and a hat.

Donations have enabled them to become more creative, adding towels, tea and even noodles for the mothers. Goodwin is calling on people to take part in the venture by hosting a table, donating prizes and inviting their friends along.

The stork party will be at Sherwood Garden Centre on April 18. Tickets are R40 each and guests are required to bring along a gift for newborns.

-Eleanor Douglas-Meyers

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