CHICAGO, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, June 27, 2015, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) collaborated with food and drug retailer Jewel-Osco to host an educational baby shower for 30 new and expecting wounded veteran mothers. The shower took place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Chicago's Peninsula Hotel. At last year's event, the only one of its kind in the country, all attendees left the baby shower with a variety of items including: diapers, wet wipes, diaper bags, bibs, bottles, formula, and pacifiers as well as big ticket items such as car seats. These same items were offered at this year's event, along with WWP sleep sacks for all infants and books to promote literacy. Mothers were showered with love and much-needed baby gifts.
This special day gave wounded veteran mothers a chance to bond with each other and receive a wide range of information from guest speakers. An OB/GYN, lactation consultant, midwife, and VA case managers were on hand to educate new and expecting mothers on an array of topics from nutrition, to pre-natal care, to infant CPR and first aid, and more. The baby shower was an effective way to help ensure that injured veteran mothers are not alone in the tremendous responsibility of child-rearing by providing an open forum for education about pregnancy. Jewel-Osco, the event sponsor, donated diapers, wipes, formula, laundry detergent, reusable shopping bags, and coupons.
"Jewel-Osco couldn't have been more excited to participate in many of the Chicagoland Wounded Warrior Project events this year, and we were especially excited to help out with the Veterans Baby Shower," said Tina Garon, Jewel-Osco marketing director. "Whether it's giving the gift of baby food, diapers, wipes or just taking a moment to bring recognition to our local injured veterans on this special day, we are happy to give back and show our appreciation for everything they do for us and our country."
Since its inception, support for the baby shower has expanded to the women's departments at the Jessie Brown, Lovell and Hines VA centers in Chicago. Other collaborators with WWP and Jewel-Osco for the baby shower were: the Fussy Baby Network; Rush, a mental health services provider; and "Celebrating All That Is Feminine", a drive that contributes salon products and baby clothes to the wounded veteran mothers in attendance.
Established in 1899, Jewel-Osco, owned by New Albertsons, Inc., has become the favorite food and drug retailer in every market throughout the Chicagoland area. They have 185 locations in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, employing 31,000.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness of, and to enlist the public's aid in meeting, the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist one another; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved or learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project