The Edmond Sun

May 1, 2013

Star-Spangled Baby Shower set for Saturday


Special to The Sun

NORMAN — Having a new baby can be an extremely happy, but also overwhelming time for many women. For military families, those feelings can be escalated as they deal with deployments and being away from family. This is why each year Operation Homefront presents the Star-Spangled Baby Shower to arm these mothers with all the baby necessities they need.

The Star-Spangled Baby Shower will be from 12-3 p.m., Saturday at Sarkeys Conference Center, 530 E. Main St. in Norman.

At this year’s baby shower, more than 100 military moms are expected to attend. The event will consist of lunch, new parent information, exhibitor tables and a baby goodie bag.

Debbie Vinyard, owner of Tulsa company Happy First, is a huge advocate of military moms. Operation Homefront is the official charity partner for one of her shirts honoring women in military. The shirt, brandishing the phrase “Strong Chick,” was created after a California teen girl wanted to honor her military mom. Happy First is also donating baby one-pieces to the military moms at the shower.

“These military families give so much to our country,” Vinyard said. “The least I can do is give back to the moms as they welcome a new member to their family.”

Happy First is a diamond sponsor at the event, and will have a booth at the baby shower on Saturday along with many others.