Elsmere Brownie Troop 1308 collected baby items to donate this month to Community Maternity Services in Albany in honor of Mother’s Day. The girls also made fleece baby blankets and beaded bracelets for 24 of the program’s mothers, along with a handmade card.
Photo by Marcy Velte.
continued Couser said the supplies would be a big help to not only the mothers, but the charity itself. A large portion of the group’s budget goes to purchasing baby supplies like diapers, wipes and formula. Donation drives similar to the one done by the Brownies help to offset costs.
Some members of the troop said they voted for the Community Maternity Services project because they thought collecting the supplies and making blankets sounded more fun than the average food drive. Some also made a family connection.
“I liked this project because I have a cousin who is having a baby and she’s young,” said Bella Perrotto, 8. “It made me think she might not have enough money to care for her baby.”
Others said the project made them think of their own mothers and how happy they are to be remembered on Mother’s Day.
“I think they’re going to be happy and surprised,” said 7-year-old Erin Mash of the program’s mothers. “I hope we get to visit them so we can see their faces when they get their stuff.”
The troop was scheduled to visit Community Maternity Services and meet with several of the mothers and their babies on Monday, May 6.
“We want (this experience) to stick with them to know they have the ability to make changes for the better as they grow,” said Poust.
To learn more about how to donate to Community Maternity Services, visit www.cccms.org.