I have had two babies and each time friends and family threw me a baby shower, my husband was even dragged to the one that his family threw for us. Some military wives do not get to have their husband by their side during pregnancy and may not have friends or family nearby. Today’s organization helps fill in the gap for those women.
Operation Shower is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization dedicated to celebrating and honoring military families. They provide joyful baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment.
The organization was founded in 2007 by LeAnn Morrissey after she asked for ways to support her uncle who was deployed overseas. He asked her to send a card to four women who were expecting babies. Rather than just send a card, LeAnn sent a “shower-in-a-box” to each woman. She received overwhelming support from her friends and delighted thank you notes from the moms. She decided to continue to honor the women at home whose sacrifices are not always seen. She joined with Kris Jackson to hold the first unit-wide baby shower at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in June of 2007. It was from the success of that shower that Operation Shower was born.
Since 2007, Operation Shower has hosted 17 beautiful showers honoring over 600 military mothers-to-be all across the country. They are growing rapidly and in 2012 plan to host at least seven showers for about 300 military expecting moms. These showers not only provide mothers-to-be with a signature “shower-in-a-box” full of high quality products, but also a shared experience and a chance to meet and interact with other women in a similar situation.
I think this line from the Operation Shower website sums this organization up nicely, “Operation Shower was founded specifically because we know that moms in a military family who hold it all together at home — moms who go through a pregnancy without their spouse by their side, deployed to a another part of the world, proudly serving our country, but wishing they could do more for those at home — these moms deserve our support, our thanks, our love and of course, they deserve a party!”
You can watch a great video about Operation Shower here.
How can you help?
Individuals and groups can volunteer with Operation Shower by collecting donations or hosting a product party to collect donations. There is even an easy opportunity to shop the Operation Shower Wish List at Amazon.com. If you are near one of the shower events, you can help with decorations, setup, and cleanup at the event. Volunteers can also offer their professional services, help secure party rentals, and assist with administrative tasks. You can visit their website to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
In addition, monetary donations are accepted on the organization’s website. Donations are used to purchase items for the showers to ensure that all the boxes at a shower include the same items.