Good Neighbors

Couple Hosts Community Baby Shower to Help New Parents in Need

When they realized that not everyone had the same support as they did in raising a family, they knew they had to help.

Anybody who is a parent knows how hard it is to raise children - and how expensive it can be. That's why a York, PA couple Jonathan and Cindy Strawbridge decided to host a community baby shower to help new parents in their community with some of the expenses that come with having a new baby.

Their event is called "It Takes a Village," a reference to the famous African proverb that means an entire community of people must work together so the children can learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment.

The Strawbridges, who are parents to 2-year old Lucas, know how important it is to have support when you start the journey of parenthood.

Portrait of the Strawbridge family.

"We have a village which we are so grateful for," Cindy told NBC5-TV . "But what about other people who don't have a village?"

Ahead of the shower the couple put together 150 baskets for parents and caretakers. All of the supplies were donated from businesses and community members. They included essential items like diapers, formula, wipes and clothing along with a handwritten note to let parents know that they matter and are loved, and that they're happy to be part of their "village."

Jonathan N Cindy Strawbridge Facebook

Last Saturday, the community baby shower was held at a local gym and the couple invited any new parents of children under 2 to attend. Along with the baskets, the Strawbridges provided food, cake and photo opps for the families. Local businesses and organizations donated some of the larger items that are often difficult for low income families to purchase right away, like strollers and car seats.

Jonathan N Cindy Strawbridge Facebook

Cindy posted to the family's Facebook page that the event was a huge success, and she says there's more to come.

"The community baby-shower ended over 24 hours ago, but the baby blessings continue and will continue in the days to come," she wrote.

Sounds like the village in York just got a whole lot bigger!

Check out video footage from the community shower below:

Is this something you'd like to see take place in your town? Why not take the Strawbridge's lead and plan your own community baby shower?!

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(Source: images & video Jonathan N Cindy Strawbridge Facebook )

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