Community-wide baby shower brings in donations

COOS BAY, Ore. -- One local charity is celebrating ten years of helping homeless and less fortunate bay area mothers.

The Coos Bay chapter of Soroptimists teamed up with the Newmark Center to hold a baby shower in the Pony Village Mall over the weekend.

The shower is the only event that keeps DHS's baby items stocked up throughout the entire year.

Amber Burnette, Soroptimists of Coos Bay event chairwoman, says the need for services on the south coast is great. "It's really sad," Amber said. "In our area there are thousands of people on WIC. They don't have the money for diapers, for clothes, for anything. So, anything we can do to help them, we're here for them."

Laurie Voshell, the DHS Newmark Center spokeswoman, told KCBY News that they rely on fundraisers like this to provide the much needed services. "There are no tax dollars involved. There are no programs to help out the general public and lower income people buy their diapers and wipes and little things that are homemade," she said. "This is a community effort to show those people love and share support."

If you would like to donate baby items to the Newmark Center they are still accepting donations and are located right across the street from the Coos Bay Walmart.