Giving Back by Supporting Young Mothers and their Babies in Need
On Wednesday, August 12, Badger Realty is hosting an “Open House” Baby Shower to benefit the mothers and babies of the Mother Seton House. The community is invited to attend the event, which will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Hall in Fryeburg from 4pm to 7pm. All attending are encouraged to bring a gift appropriate for an expectant or new mother or baby.
David Cianciolo of Badger Realty is a board member of Mother Seton House, recently explained the nonprofit’s mission, “We believe that every baby deserves a good start in life. At Mother Seton House, single pregnant women and new mothers in difficult circumstances receive free housing and support at no cost throughout their pregnancy and until their baby is a year old.”
Cyndi Broyer, the nonprofit’s director, added, “The volunteers who provide 24/7 coverage for the House do it with so much love. In this caring and nurturing environment, the women receive mentoring along with academic and parenting education; physical, emotional and spiritual support. And since Mother Seton House is 100 percent volunteer run, all the donations we receive go directly to the mothers and babies.”
According to Cianciolo, “This Baby Shower will be a chance to celebrate the work of the Mother Seton House, and to provide some much-needed items to the mothers and babies that the House serves. We hope members of the community will join us in this effort. From now through August 12th, those who can’t attend the Baby Shower can drop gifts off at Badger Realty’s office on Main Street in North Conway. ”
The wish list for the “Open House” Baby Shower includes diapers sizes newborn through size 4; nightgowns for newborns; infant health care kits; baby wash and shampoo; 99% water-type baby wipes; board books; developmental toys for ages newborn to age one; Halo brand Sleepsack wearable blankets or Summer brand Swaddle Me sleep sacks; receiving blankets; and two bathtub spout covers. Other items needed include: liquid (not antibacterial) soap, deodorant, paper towels, toilet paper that’s safe for septic systems, tissues, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, household cleaning products that are safe for pregnant women, AA and AAA batteries, permanent markers, invisible tape and masking or duct tape; waxed paper, foil, and plastic wrap; kitchen-size and 4 gallon trash bags; and a boot tray. Also appreciated: gift cards in any denomination for Shaws, WalMart, Hannaford, Lowes, Home Depot, Shell or Irving Gas.
“We also have a gift registry on Facebook and smile.Amazon.com with other items on our wish list,” said Broyer.
As a resident of Mother Seton House wrote recently about finding out she was pregnant, “I was very scared because I didn’t have anyone to turn to for support and was about to be out on the streets until I heard about the Mother Seton House. I knew then that there was hope. I found out that I would be able to have my baby, clean up my life and start over fresh for both me and my child.”
And if you can’t attend the event, you can drop off a donation at Badger Realty office at 2633 White Mountain Highway in North Conway Village, or at Chalmers Insurance at 557 Main Street, Fryeburg Village, Maine.