Unsuspecting mother showered by strangers
Good Samaritans organize baby shower for young mother-to-be
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 06:00 am
There’s one mom-to-be in the city who can easily say that she relies on the kindness of strangers.
The woman (who asked to remain anonymous) was the recent recipient of an unexpected barrage of gifts, all courtesy of a surprise baby shower arranged by people with the help of the St. Albert Family Resource Centre.
Melissa Nelson, parent educator at the centre, said the ball got rolling a few weeks ago after she received an unusual phone call from a local woman.
“She said, ‘I want to host a baby shower for somebody that I don’t know. I want to get some girlfriends and some family together just for an excuse to drink some wine and have a good time, and have a baby shower and donate all of the items to one of the young moms that I visit.”
“I said, ‘OK … yeah, that sounds like a great idea!’”
With a modest amount of planning, the shower went ahead on Friday, Feb. 7. The following Monday, the woman who originated the idea called Nelson to recap how the event went. It was, by all accounts, a real, “feel good” coup and a great success.
“There was tons of stuff! I wasn’t expecting as much as [she] received.”
The recipient received a windfall of helpful items including more than $300 in gift cards and cash, baby clothes, diapers and wipes, blankets and other things. When Nelson told the recipient over the phone that she was going to get such a surprise supply of presents, she started to cry. She wasn’t alone.
“She’s crying, I’m crying, everyone’s crying … She said that ‘I really hope that I can do this someday for somebody else.’”
The woman is expecting her first child in the spring. She explained that she doesn’t have a lot of family supports in the immediate area, so any and all assistance that she can get is greatly appreciated.
“When Melissa told me that someone was throwing me a shower, I was over the moon. That’s not something you expect,” she said.
“I’m going to be a single mom so any help is amazing.”