Community Baby Shower draws crowd


Franciscan Health, in partnership with Montgomery County Health Department, hosted a community baby shower Sept. 10 at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds, that brought in 81 families.

These families were currently expecting or had given birth within one year of the event date.

The goal of the event was to reach out to new and expecting families and to provide them with education, connections to community resources and a baby shower gift. The baby shower featured 21 community partners.

“We know that many women never experience a baby shower, and this event allowed these families to receive education on important topics like safe sleep, car seat safety and postpartum depression and walk away with needed items for their children,” said Tristan Kirby, director Franciscan Health Community Education.

The Franciscan Health Foundation, supported by generous donations from local businesses and community members, provided each family with a baby shower gift. These gifts included items needed for growing families like portable cribs, high-chairs, strollers and video baby monitors, to name a few. Diapers and wipes were also distributed to all participants.

One mother was especially grateful.

“I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped put the baby shower on,” Layla Isenberg said. “I am glad I was able to go and talk to so many people in the community and have them answer some questions I had before having my baby. Also, a big thank you for the gifts that were donated. They will definitely help my family out and many others.”

If you or a loved one are an expecting parent or have recently given birth, look for an announcement regarding the 2023 Community Baby Shower in July.

For more information, call Franciscan Health Community Education at 765-449-5133.

Organizers thanked the following sponsors: Anthem, ASPIN, Martha Bell, Brothers Pizza Company, C & F Fabricating LLC, Christi Hubler Chevrolet, Community Action Program Inc. of Western Indiana, Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power, Crawfordsville Fire Department, Anna Dickerson, Ronald and Trudy Dickerson, Durham Home, Family Support Services of West Central Indiana, Franciscan Health Community Health Improvement, Franciscan Health Foundation, Frito-Lay, Fuzzy Bear Ministry Preschool & Daycare, Goodwill Nurse Family Partnership.

Also, Hoosier Heartland State Bank, Industrial Federal Credit Union, Kiwanis Club of Crawfordsville, Kroger, Kim McVay, Cristi Miller, Montgomery County Early Childhood Coalition, Montgomery County Health Department, Montgomery County Healthy Families, Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, Nancy Sennett, North Montgomery High School Family & Consumer Science Students – Elise Israel, Nucor, Phoenix Paramedics, Bill and Retta Richardson, Safe Kids Greater Lafayette, Salvation Army of Montgomery County, Subway, Sugar Creek Eyecare, The Milk Bank, Tipmont REMC, Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC, Valley Oaks Health, Walmart, Wesley Thrift Shop, West Central Regional Community Corrections and Women’s Resource Center.