Operation Shower Provides Shower Gifts to Expectant and New Mothers
CROMWELL, Conn. - Forty expectant and new military moms, whose spouses are deployed, were showered with recognition and gifts during a themed group baby shower, "Come Sail Away" in Cromwell on June 19 in conjunction with the PGA Travelers Championship.
The event was sponsored by the non-profit organization Operation Shower and Birdies for the Brave and marks the second time the event was held in Connecticut and for wives of submariners. In addition to the Navy spouses, Operation Shower also invited expectant moms married to deployed Connecticut Army National Guardsmen.
"For military wives who are expecting a baby and whose spouses are deployed or soon to be deployed, the impending arrival of a child can be both exciting and stressful," said Operation Shower Founder and Chief Shower Officer LeAnn Morrissey. "Operation Shower was created specifically because typically military moms are the ones who hold it all together at home. Without their spouses by their side, deployed to another part of the world, these moms deserve our support, our thanks, our love and an opportunity to celebrate together."
In addition to the expectant and new military moms attending the Operation Shower event, several ombudsmen assigned to Commander, Submarine Group 2 submarines also attended the event. USS Annapolis co-Ombudsman Melissa Coers reflected on attending Operation Shower for the first time.
"Operation Shower was not around when I had my children, but what a great experience for our military spouses who sacrifice so much," said Coers, who is a mother of four, three of which are triplets.
The event was held in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots' Outpost at TPC River Highlands during the PGA Travelers Championship.
Each mom received an array of unique, high-quality products and gift items for mothers and babies that were donated by numerous companies. From onesies and baby bottles to clothing, crib bedding, diaper bags and toys, the gifts will go a long way toward raising the spirits of the moms-to-be, many of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a baby shower.
Melanie Breckenridge, wife of Commander, Submarine Group 2, Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, thanked the Operation Shower organization for supporting the wives of submariners serving in the "Silent Service."
"Even more silent than the 'Silent Service' are the wives of the submarine force. Much of what they do to support our country goes largely unrecognized. That is why support from Operation Baby Shower and Birdies for the Brave means so much because it shines a little light and love on our incredibly hard working Navy wives," said Breckenridge.
Amy Sabbatini, wife of six-time PGA TOUR champion Rory Sabbatini, served as the event's honorary host and praised the military moms for their service and sacrifice.
"I am honored to join with Operation Shower," said Sabbatini. "Their service and sacrifice deserve to be recognized, and it is very humbling to have the opportunity to do that through this special shower."
Operation Shower (www.operationshower.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and honoring military families by providing joyful baby showers for military moms-to-be to ease the stress of deployment. Since the organization's inception in 2007, Operation Shower has showered almost 800 military moms from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard on military bases, during PGA TOUR tournaments, and at other locations.