Don't expect to get an invitation in the mail, but members of a nontraditional student organization at Kansas University hope you'll attend their upcoming baby shower.
The "nontraditional" baby shower will allow residents to donate supplies and money to Hannah's House Foundation, a Lawrence organization that provides a safe and healthy environment for pregnant girls and women ages 10 to 20. The shower will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Ecumenical Christian Ministries building, 1204 Oread.
"This is an immense help for us," said Jenn Chapman, house director for the organization, which is in its ninth year of operation.
Chapman said members of Organization of Adult Knowledge Seekers (OAKS) approached her about the baby shower.
"We mostly get by through donations from the community," she said.
OAKS set up drop boxes around town where people can donate diapers and other needed items; the drop boxes will be emptied Friday, and people can donate at the shower.
Hannah's House also will pick up furniture if donors call 841-4675, Chapman said.
Hannah's House residents can live there any time during their pregnancy, and can stay for three months after their baby's birth. Residents must attend classes, be working on their high school diploma equivalency or be working. The program offers parenting classes, independent living training and pre-natal care.
"We help them with anything that will raise happy, healthy babies," Chapman said.
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