K of C hosts Baby Shower collection for new mothers

K of C hosts Baby Shower collection for new mothers

An antique baby cradle is set up at St. Teresa’s Church where people can place donated baby items for new moms in need.

PAWTUCKET – Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Delaney Council #57 Knights of Columbus is conducting its annual collection of baby items for new moms.

“All the stuff you’d normally get at a (baby) shower, that’s what we’re collecting,” Paul Gendreau, chairman of the Council 57 Life Committee, told The Breeze. The organization, located at St. Teresa Church, 354 Newport Ave. in Pawtucket, will be collecting items at Mass on the first two weekends in May or members of the public can bring them to a drive-through event on Saturdays, May 1 and 8, from 3 to 4 p.m., and Sundays, May 2 and 9, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Items most needed include diapers (newborn to size 6), baby wipes, baby outfits 0-24 months, pacifiers, baby bathing cloths and towels, baby lotion, soap and powder. Donated items will go to the Mother of Life Center in Providence and the Little Flower Home in Tiverton, both Catholic organizations.

For the last decade or so, the group has hosted its Baby Shower Breakfast to benefit these agencies, Gendreau said. Since so much was up in the air last year, “we were unable to conduct our event due to COVID-19,” he said. “This year, we will again forego the breakfast but will conduct a collection of baby-related items and monetary support.”

Gendreau said there will be an antique baby cradle set up inside the church for people to place items in and around if they’re attending Mass. The general public, he added, can attend one of the drive-through collections. The collection will be at the door to the church meeting room, in the main parking lot located between the church and St. Teresa School, he said. Students of St. Teresa School and their families will also partner with the K of C on this project.

The Mother of Life Center and the Little Flower Home provide services to pregnant teens and women including pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, counseling, prenatal care information and parenting classes, according to Gendreau. They also provide mothers with diapers, clothing and other items needed for newborns and referral for medical care and social services. A place to stay can even be arranged in the case of the Little Flower Home, he said.

Gendreau said staff at the Mother of Life Center told him that the need hasn’t slowed down. Last year, he said, they served nearly 300 women.

“It’s trying to support people who find themselves in tough times but want to have the baby for whatever their reasons,” he said, adding that these organizations offer “whatever social services may help them get a leg up.” The organization also has a clothing exchange, which is needed since “kids outgrow clothing so fast,” he said.

Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks should be made out to K of C Council 57 (write “baby shower” in the memo field). Checks may be given to a K of C member at the collection site or mailed to P.O. Box 2829, Pawtucket, RI 02861.

Contact Gendreau with questions at prgendreau@gmail.com .