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Community Baby Shower

Community Baby Shower

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$250.00 Of $2,500.00 Goal
Raised by 8 kind people
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  • Started July 17, 2019

    Created by Cindy Stewart Penkoff

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    Cindy Stewart Penkoff

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Community Baby Shower
Community Baby Shower

For those of you that do not know me, My name is Cindy Penkoff and I am a 56yr old mom to Jeffrey (21) and wife to Jeff. I am a local realtor, volunteer, and Rotarian.

In July of 2010 I was asked to be a part of a Convention for The Daughter's Isabella. D of I, as they are called, "is a beneficent society incorporated in 1907 under the laws of the state of Connecticut to unite Catholic women in the interests of the Church and society, and in their own religious, intellectual, and social needs". The reason I was asked is my best friend Sharon was their office manager for many many years and she was short handed. The pay was good and I got to go to Canada for 2 weeks, someplace I had never been, so off I went.

For all of the events, dinners, meetings and late night laughter I experienced with over 800 women, the thing that stuck with me the most was something they did on the first day; A Community Baby Shower. Every woman brought something for a baby. From bottles and diapers to hand made blankets and layettes. Hats, booties, onesies and pacifiers. We filled 12 8' tables and some were piled 3ft high. Boxes and boxes of diapers were piled in the corner. At the end of the first 3 days, the organizations that had been picked came and loaded everything up to distribute to the most needy in their communities. It was a sight to see. The look on their faces could not be described.

Sharon passed away unexpectedly 2 1/2 yrs ago. She was never able to have children but she loved them and they loved her, including my son to whom she was godmother.

I have wanted to do something to honor her for quite a while and was never sure what. As I was going through photos it came to me; A Community Baby Shower. She would want the tiniest of God's creatures to be fed and clothed. So here we are.

I am collecting both money, I will shop for you, and new baby items to be distributed to at least 3 possibly 4 organizations. One will be Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport; an amazing place for children of all ages starting at 6 weeks. The second will be the Bridgeport Rescue Mission; an organization near and dear to my heart as well. The others have yet to be picked.

This will all culminate with a real baby shower in November!!! With punch and food and laughter and joy in knowing we are doing good in the world, for those that need it the most.

I hope you find space in your heart for this project. And I thank you in advance for being a part of my tribute to Sharon and her love for all things but mostly "the littles".

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