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Airman and Family Readiness hosts Bundles for Babies event

Denver International Joint Reception Coordination Center --  Airman 1st Class Megan Pencook, Yokota Air Base, holds her 5 week old son Adrian Morant March 24, 2011. A1C Pencook volunteered to leave Japan for precautionary reason and will return. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

Denver International Joint Reception Coordination Center -- Airman 1st Class Megan Pencook, Yokota Air Base, holds her 5 week old son Adrian Morant March 24, 2011. Pencook volunteered to leave Japan for precautionary reason and will return. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Buckley's Airman and Family Readiness center hosted a charity event called Bundles for Babies, which was sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society Sept. 28.

This event is held every other month and it is designed to help make the transition into parenthood a lot smoother. It is for active duty personnel or spouses of an active duty member that are expecting a baby or are a new mother.

We provide expecting parents with education facts about parenting in order to help them become successful. We also talk about the many different circumstances of new parenthood, and how to deal with stress from having a new baby, said Ms. Latoya Marble, 460th Space Wing, Community Readiness consultant.

"Some of the other popular topics parents are educated in is how to budget for a new baby, health and nutritional facts for the mother and baby, car seat safety, dental care for babies and last, but certainly not least, Shaken Baby Syndrome," said Marble.

There are many different benefits that come with taking advantage of this program.

The Airman and Family Readiness center also provides bundles for new parents containing various items to help with the newborn baby.

"It's nice to see the parents receive some of the things that they need for when the baby comes for free, such as crib sheets and things of that nature just to start them off," said Marble.

"We also receive help from local organizations that makes quilts to give to the new, expecting parents," said Marble. "They do this out of the kindness of their heart."

Many people have their reasons of why the helping contribute to expecting parents.

"It's so important to know that people care." said Ms. Shirley Shannon," a Peace Keepers Group quilt maker. "It is also very important to our group to support our military."

"What makes me feel good about helping with this program are the thank you notes," said Shannon. "Some are just so touching to read."

Layette, bedding items and a tote bag are combined to make a bundle. Below is a list of items for each bundle:

Layette:                                                                                 Bedding:
1- 2 piece bath set                                                              1-2 pack mitten (neutral)
1- 5 pack Onesie (6-9 month)                                          1 pack solid knit crib sheet (white)
1- 3 pack terry burp cloth                                                   1 pack print knit crib sheet (neutral)
1 - 3 pack Snap-Play (neutral 3-6 months)                    1 thermal blanket (white)
1- 3 pack bibs

For more information contact the Airman and Family Readiness center at: 720-847-6681.
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