The "Largest Baby Shower on Earth" is once again coming to Ahwatukee Foothills.

Community members are invited to Esperanza Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 7 for a charity event that will benefit the organization Newborns in Need (NIN), which creates care baskets for families with newborns who are in financial need.

The public is invited to attend the event on Saturday and are encouraged to bring something to donate.

"We hope that when you come as a guest, you bring something for the babies," said Doris Dorwat, a volunteer for NIN. "We take diapers, ivory soap, and even fabric that has been left in closets. If not good enough for baby, it might be good enough for a tote bag or another item that we can give to the parents."

In return, visitors can check out any of the tables where volunteers will be knitting, crocheting and more to learn or relearn how to work with fabric.

Members of NIN sew, crochet, knit and quilt items that are then brought to the main office in Mesa. There the volunteers put together packages for newborns that fall into three categories.

The first is the newborn kit, which comes with five diapers, clothing, a toy and bathing supplies. The second is for premature babies and comes with clothing that is 100 percent cotton. The third package is for babies who were not able to survive the birth.

"It's hard to find a burial outfit for babies who are so small," Dorwat said. "We make those and we also include an envelope with a note so that when the parents leave the hospital they have something nice to carry at such a sad time."

This is the third year the event has taken place in Ahwatukee. Dorwat said that anyone interested in helping the organization can contact her at (480) 460-0265. She encourages anyone who can sew, knit, crochet or quilt to help.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place.

Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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