ST. Charles, MISSOURI - The Community and Children's Resource Board, announces the 11th annual Shower of Love grocery store collection drive on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
This collaborative St. Charles Countywide collection drive emphasizes child and infant-abuse prevention and benefits moms and babies in need. Proceeds from this event will be divided among nine agencies working with moms and babies: Birthright-St. Charles and Wentzville, Youth in Need, Crisis Nursery, Nurses for Newborns, Mary Queen of Angels, Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service, ThriVe St. Louis and Our Lady’s Inn.
The Shower of Love was first organized in 2007 in response to several tragedies occurring to infant children of young parents in St. Charles County in 2006. To date, over $768,000 in donations has been collected since the first annual Shower of Love.
“Our entire community is invited to come out to donate on Thursday, April 27 for the 11th annual Shower of Love grocery store collection drive.” says Michelle McElfresh, coordinator for the Shower of Love. Volunteers will be at 17 participating grocery stores distributing wish-list flyers to customers and collecting donations at local grocery stores to include Mid-Towne Market, Dierbergs in Cottleville, O’Fallon, St. Charles and Wentzville, all Shop ‘n Save stores in St. Charles County and all Walmart Supercenters and Markets in St. Charles County.
Diapers (especially sizes Newborn, 1, 4, 5 and 6) and Enfamil formula are the most-needed items. Other items needed include wipes, baby wash, baby shampoo, bottles, nipples, pacifiers, baby clothes, receiving blankets, crib sheets, strollers and other baby-care essentials.
The Community and Children’s Resource Board (CCRB) is the administrator the Community Children’s Service Fund, a fund created when St. Charles County passed a 1/8-cent sales tax measure in November 2004. The funds are dedicated for services to St. Charles County children and youth, and is awarded to local agencies to provide services that address the growing unmet mental health needs of our community youth. For more information, call (636) 939-6200 or visit www.stcharlescountykids.org.