Community Baby Shower is this Friday

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The fifth annual Community Baby Shower is this Friday at the Safford City-Graham County Library from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: First Things First Community Outreach Director Antoinette Griffin, left, and Regional Director Shari Elkins, show off some of their wares at last year’s event.

SAFFORD – The saying goes it takes a village to raise a child, and there will be plenty of organizations and individuals on hand at the fifth annual Community Baby Shower at the Safford City-Graham County Library on Friday. The event runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The event is sponsored by First Things First, which is a state-wide organization focused on early childhood development and is funded by an 80-cent per pack tax on tobacco products that was passed by Arizona voters Nov. 7, 2006. It is the state’s only publicly-funded source solely dedicated to early childhood.

Several organizations relating to childcare will be on hand for the event, which will feature games, door prizes, and various exhibits with parenting information. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with members of the community and learn about pregnancy and childbirth, car seat safety, breastfeeding, nutrition and more.

All expectant parents and families or caregivers of babies less than a year old were welcome at the event, which featured exhibits with people skilled in answering common questions about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, nutrition, and parenting.

This will be the first year the event will not be under the guidance of former Library Director Leanne McElroy, who passed away in August 2017. The Community Baby Shower was one of McElroy’s favorite library programs.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Former Library Director Leanne McElroy, right, presents Rebecca Johnson a gift bag at last year’s event as her then 3-week-old baby sleeps snuggled by her mother.

For more information about the event call 432-4153 or visit the library’s website at www.saffordlibrary.org

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