YWCA baby basics restocked, thanks to church group

Jan. 15, 2013 @ 10:27 AM

The Eighth Day Unity Group at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church hosted a baby shower for the YWCA High Point Baby Basics Closet on Sunday.
In conjunction with the church’s Women of Wesley celebration, more than 150 people attended the baby shower. The women had a “traditional Southern” baby shower with games, cake squares and, of course, gifts.
“I read in the Enterprise that the Baby Basics Closet was low on supplies and I clipped it and brought it to our worship group meeting,” said Cathy Weaver, an Eighth Day Unity Group member. “All the unity groups here have to do a outreach project and I thought this was perfect for us.”
The “Child of Promise Baby Shower” was named for the hymn “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise” that Wesley Memorial members sing when a child is baptized.
“We believe every child is a child of promise in God’s eyes” said group member. “Every child is a blessing and we make sure that the babies get a start with the basics.”
YWCA Baby Basic Closet, the only one of its kind in Guilford County, provides diapers, wipes, clothes and other baby care necessities to over 600 families per year. The YWCA works with partner organizations to provide this service on a referral basis. Vouchers are given to people in need who then use them to shop at the Baby Basics Closet.
“What the Eighth Day Unity Group and Wesley Memorial have done is truly a blessing to so many families in our community,” said YMCA executive director Heidi Majors. “They filled the shelves and given us items to fall back on.”
The gifts included diapers, strollers, receiving blankets and pacifiers, all of which were donated to the closet.
“We had like three SUVs full of things for the baby closet,” Weaver said. “It’s amazing what people can do for those in need, something that makes a big impact on someone else.”