Giving hearts: Children’s group collects baby items for new moms

Members of the Holy Trinity Parish children’s Faith Formation class pose on Sunday at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home in Gloversville with the items they collected for mothers and newborns. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home received a large donation from a group with the Johnstown Catholic church, Holy Trinity Parish, on Sunday. The donation was made possible by the church’s Faith Formation Program.

“We are so proud of the children for all their efforts,” says Cheryl Walton, member of Holy Trinity Church and director of the children’s Faith Formation program. “They were so excited they had the opportunity to make a difference in their community.”

The children’s Faith Formation class is part of the church’s Sunday school program. The Faith Formation is comprised of middle-school children from the area including the: Greater Johnstown School District, Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, Gloversville Enlarged School District, and Fonda-Fultonville Central School District.

At the beginning of the school year, the children brainstormed ideas for possible community service projects. The students decided they wanted to help local mothers and newborns by donating child health and baby care items to Nathan Littauer Hospital’s Birthing Center.

Once they established their plan, the children distributed a flyer in their communities asking for donations of several needed newborn items. They received donations from fellow church members, school staff, and peers. Some of the children even made their own donations to further the cause.

Pictured are some of the items collected for the donation. (Photo submitted)

“It’s amazing how much of a collaborative effort went into making this happen,” adds Walton. “They worked so hard.”

Collecting donations for several weeks, the church managed to obtain over $2,000 in baby care products. The donations were then personally delivered by the children, were they were received by Littauer’s Birthing Center staff.

“I am overwhelmed with joy,” says Wendy Bowie, maternal child health, RN with Littauer. “Many mothers don’t have access to these baby care products. With their hard work, they made the impossible — possible. A wonderful thing has been done for our future mothers and future babies.”