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Eighth annual Citywide Baby Shower coincides with MLK day



Published: Mon, January 20, 2014 @ 5:57 p.m.

The program coincides with MLK day as a way of giving back to the community

Eighth annual Citywide Baby Shower coincides with MLK day

YOUNGSTOWN

Babies, mothers, mothers-to-be and a few fathers attended the eighth annual Citywide Baby Shower Monday at McGuffey Centre’s Associated Neighborhood Centers to learn about services available to them.

Participants learned about car seat safety, sickle cell anemia and fracking and gathered literature and other information from vendors ranging from Akron Children’s Hospital, Humility of Mary Health Partners’ Resource Mothers, Help Me Grow and Dr. Rodney Hill to MYCAP, Catholic Charities, H&R Block, Youngstown Health Department Minority Health and Frack Free Mahoning.

Doris Jean Carter, senior coordinator for the center, said the program coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. Day because it’s “a day of giving back and giving to the community.”

A Dr. King quote from the program reads, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

The program and vendors are geared at wellness of the mother and children.

Last year Lillian Macklin attended the Citywide Baby Shower, pregnant with her first child and just a few months after surviving a serious car accident.

Macklin underwent surgery on both arms and her pelvis.

“When I came out of surgery, they told me I was pregnant,” she said.

That was in October 2012. She, her baby, eight-month-old London; and the baby’s father, who is now her husband; all survived the crash and all are healthy.

“This is my miracle baby,” she said.

As an expectant mother last year, Macklin found the shower beneficial so she came Monday as a new mom.

Read more in Tuesday’s Vindicator.


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