Volume LIXJanuary 2012Number 1

Reflections on the "Mission: Healthy Baby Shower"

As shared by honorees at the November 2011 event at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

"Dear Grand Lodge of PA,

I wanted to show my appreciation and thankfulness for your participation in the 'Mission: Healthy Baby Educational Shower' thrown on Nov. 6, 2011, by at least sending a thank you card. I was invited to this two days before the shower took place and had no idea what a wonderful experience it was going to be. I am so grateful for the amazing gifts we received for our soon-to-be little girl, Sophia Rose. It really has helped us out tremendously, and we can't wait to use all the products and gift card.

As a military spouse who is far away from home, I never take for granted the kindness of strangers, but this event was above and beyond what I imagined. I told my family and friends about it and described it as an 'Oprah moment,' when she would surprise her guests with amazing gifts. It truly was a day I will never forget, and my husband and I can't thank you all enough! Please share this with whomever was involved in making this day so special.

Leslie Faulkner

"Completely shocked, and a huge weight was lifted from our shoulders. Thank you!"

"...Absolutely amazing! A great way to start our journey into the world of parenting."

"Thank you ALL for the AMAZING surprises! I am truly overjoyed with everything, so thankful, and absolutely amazed at the wonderful, wonderful things we all have received. Truly a stress reliever emotionally, and especially, financially. Cannot thank you (ALL of you) enough."

"Today was incredible. I never could have imagined receiving so many gifts. The burden that was lifted financially from our shoulders is so great, and I am so thankful. Thank you guys so much for everything you've done for us. I truly felt so special today..."

"We are so overwhelmingly grateful for everything that was prepared for us today. Everything the Freemasons do every day, and the participation of the March of Dimes in ensuring new parents have the knowledge they need to have happy, healthy babies. I was speechless today with the amount of gifts that were given away. Thank you."

"I had never heard about a Military Baby Shower before. The experience was more than amazing. This is my first pregnancy, and the classes were very informative. As far as the gifts, words cannot express how grateful I am for them. This takes a huge burden off my shoulders. Thank you so much for all you've done."

"Thanks everyone involved who makes this fabulous event happen. I don't even know where to begin. My husband and I are both in the military, and my husband is currently deployed. Neither my husband nor I know many people here because we just received a Permanent Change of Station here less than a year ago. All the gifts that we received lifted a huge financial and mental burden off (our) family. Thank you again!"

"Thank you all so much for your generosity and kindness! As a young military wife, I cannot say how blessed I feel to have been showered with all these amazing gifts. All of you have lifted a financial burden off of our shoulders. I'm still in shock, but I know that our baby boy will be provided with everything he needs, because of your help. Thank you ... I cannot say thank you enough for all of your love and support."

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