Annual Baby Shower Drive Press Release
President Elect, Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Area Kiwanis Clubs Team Up to Host 2nd Annual Baby Shower Drive
Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines and eKiwanis Club of Greater Chicago Collecting Donations to Address Local Diaper Need
DES PLAINES, IL – Two area Kiwanis Clubs, Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines and the eKiwanis Club of Greater Chicago, will hold a 2nd annual community-wide Baby Shower Drive from September 12-September 29, 2022. With drop-off locations in and around Des Plaines, the clubs will collect baby goods and monetary donations to benefit Breakfast with Baby (BWB), a program of the Des Plaines Salvation Army. The goal of the clubs is to create a wave of good by “showering” the local organization with donations.
The event will culminate in a drive-thru drop-off event on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Des Plaines Salvation Army (609 W. Dempster St.).
Numerous local organizations and businesses have extended their support as drop-off
locations. Community members may bring donations to the following locations September 19-September 29, 2022.
● Des Plaines Public Library (1501 Ellinwood St., Des Plaines)
● Prairie Lakes Community Center (515 E Thacker St., Des Plaines)
● Des Plaines History Center (781 Pearson St., Des Plaines)
● MBD Martial Arts (1508 Miner St., Des Plaines)
● First Congregational UCC (766 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines)
● Christ Church UCC (1492 Henry Ave., Des Plaines)
● Trinity Lutheran Church (675 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines)
● Park Ridge Public Library (20 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge)
● Jane L. Westerhold Early Learning Center (School District 62 families only)
“This Baby Shower program was so successful in our inaugural year last year that it was clear to us we should do it again,” said Don Miletic, President of Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines. “The need is still great and only appears to be increasing. Our two Kiwanis clubs are inspired to help Breakfast with Baby support local families.”
Through this two-week-long, community-wide event, the clubs seek to make a difference for the one in three local mothers facing diaper need. With drop-off locations around the Des Plaines and Park Ridge area, community members may donate baby items or make financial donations.
Most-needed items include baby diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, and baby blankets. New or gently used clothes, sizes newborn to 2T, are also accepted, among other things. To view the complete list, visit ekiwanis.org/baby-shower-drive/.
Donated items will be distributed to families demonstrating financial need who have a child under one year of age or a mother who is at least seven months pregnant. On the second Saturday of each month, the Salvation Army in Des Plaines provides spiritual and material support through the Breakfast with Baby program.
“A lack of diapers increases the risk of disease, including diaper rash, staph infections, and hepatitis. It also increases the possibility of child abuse such as Shaken Baby Syndrome as the babies cry more when wearing dirty diapers,” explained Cheryl Hagedorn, Director of the Breakfast with Baby program. “Support from the community helps to minimize these risks.”
Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Locally, both Kiwanis Clubs have a longstanding partnership with BWB.
“Both the Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines and the eKiwanis Club volunteer with the Breakfast with Baby program in various ways,” said Julie Boskey, this year’s event coordinator. “Hosting this Baby Shower is another way our clubs can come together to support this program. Last year’s Baby Shower was a huge success, and we hope to build off of that for another successful event this year.”
A truly collaborative, community effort, additional in-kind support was generously provided by Two Men and a Truck of Northbrook.
About eKiwanis of Greater Chicago
eKiwanis of Greater Chicago (“eKiwanis”) is an Internet-based Kiwanis club. Since 2002, members in Chicagoland have met virtually and addressed local needs through in-person service projects and fundraising. eKiwanis volunteer projects address local and global needs of children, contributing over 1,000 hours of service annually. Visit ekiwanis.org for more information.
About Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines
The Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines helps the children of Des Plaines and the world by supporting education and health initiatives where the need is most acute. Visit dpkiwanis.org for more information.
About Des Plaines Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is dedicated to “Doing the Most Good” through programs designed to holistically meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the most vulnerable populations. The Des Plaines Salvation Army provides a variety of services, such as the Breakfast with Baby Program, to help people in need in the community. For more information, visit centralusa.salvationarmy.org/desplaines/.