Supporting Military Families
Operation Shower hosts joyful baby showers for military wives to ease the stress of their husbands’ deployment. In addition to being separated from their spouses, these moms-to-be are often far away from friends and family. The organization ensures these women receive some of the basic essentials they need for their newborns. Operation Shower began with a simple act of kindness when LeAnn Morrissey sent a “shower in a box” to a few expectant wives whose husbands were deployed. The overwhelming thanks she received encouraged her to do more. After LeAnn organized her first large-scale shower at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in June 2007, Operation Shower was officially born. Since then, the organization has showered nearly 1,400 military moms through hard work and generous donations. Showers are held on bases across the country for all branches of the armed forces – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard.
Babies“R”Us has partnered with Operation Shower for the past two years to co-host baby shower events for military families nationwide. Through a donation of Babies“R”Us gift cards, moms-to-be will be able to shop for items they need most. Additionally, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund has donated $200,000 to Operation Shower so it may purchase gifts for these moms, as well as to help host festive occasions to celebrate their new arrivals.