Largest Baby Shower on the Planet
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Newborns in Need will be hosting its annual baby shower on Saturday, May 4 with free knitting, crochet and sewing lessons for anyone who attends.

The nation-wide nonprofit, with a satellite group in Ahwatukee Foothills, will be hosting its annual “baby shower” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place.

During the event the club will have tables set up with the different items they make for babies to teach the community how to make those items and also accept donations to make more.

The club serves three types of families: those who cannot afford items for their new baby, those with babies born premature, and those whose babies are born too small to survive. Club members meet monthly to make kits for each situation.

In the kits for babies in need the group supplies a few diapers, soap and a wash cloth, a hat, booties, something to wear (purchased or homemade), and a bib or a burp cloth. The packages for premature babies contain a hat, a diaper shirt that’s easy to take on and off, a toy to lay wires across, and sometimes a quilt to cover the incubator. A bereavement kit includes an outfit for burial (usually made from an old wedding dress), a hat, booties, a pouch for burial, and two blankets, one to keep as a keepsake and the other to be buried with the baby. The bereavement kit also includes a memory envelope to take everything home in.

The club supplies the kits to families in 12 Valley hospitals and medical centers. While there’s always a great need Doris Dorwart, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident and club member, said the club is always respectful and appreciative of anything a member makes. The annual baby shower is a chance for the club to recruit new members, gather donations, and teach their skills to the community.

The group is always in need of any spare yarn or cotton fabric. Even small scraps of yarn can often be used for something. They also accept donations of diapers and gently used baby items.

To help, visit the baby shower on May 4 or contact Dorwart at

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