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‘Biggest baby shower’ supports families, children

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PABLO — In support of families and their babies, CSKT Early Childhood Services held their annual Baby Fair at the Salish Kootenai College on Saturday, Feb. 3.

CSKT Early Childhood Services Director and event founder Jeanne Christopher said: “ I wanted to start the largest baby shower to help support everyone who is having babies.”

With hundreds of attendees at the Feb. 3 event, it appeared Christopher’s goal was accomplished. Event goers participated in games and contests for prizes ranging from cook ware to a diaper tower. The event had dozens of sponsors from the community, including Mission Valley Power, Napa, Murdoch’s, Red Lion and Stageline Pizza.

Participant Kayla Gardipe, who was there with her baby, had this advice: “When you are having a baby, get all the information you need, and come ask Early Childhood Services any question you have if you do not know something.” She added that having “a good support system and information” has been very valuable.

Lisa Castillo, staff member, said “This event makes it easier for parents to get things they may need due to all the prizes and all the information that is here.” She said educational information provided includes expectations for developmental milestones and who families can talk to for support if needed. 

She added a bit of her own encouragement for other parents. “You got this,” she said. Parents seeking support services can call ECS at 406-745-4509.

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