Operation Baby Shower

Story and Photos by Sgt. Angiene Myers
13th SC(E) Public Affairs Office

FORT HOOD, Texas — 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) was visited by Operation Shower at the Ironhorse Family Readiness Center Dec. 8.

Operation Shower is a non profit organization that coordinates baby showers for military mothers and spouses of deployed servicemen nationwide as a way to show support and recognize the sacrifices that military families make for our country.

Initially, Operation Shower kicked off in North Carolina at Fort Bragg for 17 Army mothers and due to the overwhelming success of the event, 1st Medical Brigade was selected to host the event for 60 pregnant mothers and new parents within the unit.

“Its our way of saying thank you to the military and to those who serve at home while their spouses or significant others are overseas…because we know that it doesn’t just affect the one person that leaves and serves…It affect the whole family,” said co-founder LeAnn Morrissey.

Staff Sgt. Crystal Ferrari, mother of Laylana, 5 months, appreciates the mission that Operation Shower is trying to accomplish and thinks this event should be held quarterly.

“I think it’s a good idea…not often enough you see it celebrated that Soldiers have babies or their spouses have babies. Usually if anything, it’s like an in office thing or it’s not like an entire recognition of the fact that it does happen,” said Ferrari of the 61st Multifunction Medical Battalion.

Ferrari believes that this program can be very beneficial because it can help to build cohesion among parents within the individual units that host the event.

“Some of the parents get to meet other parents. A lot of the spouses I know don’t know other spouses. Everybody wants more support…a lot of first time mothers and young Soldiers,” said Ferrari.

Operation Shower raised more than $10,000 worth of donated gifts from around the country for the parents attending the event.

The event showered parents with boxes filled with items for their newborns, which included stuffed animals, blankets, books and clothes.

The shower was hosted by Lena’s Notebook (www.lenanotebook.com) and Clever Parent (www.cleverparents), who co-founded Operation Shower.  For more information about Operation Shower, visit the website at www.operationshower.org

Individuals and companies interested in contributing to Operation Shower may send donations to: Lena’s Notebook, Attn: Operation Shower, 125 Brighton Way, Clayton, MO 63105.