YOUNGSTOWN AIR RESERVE STATION, Ohio --
Youngstown Air Reserve Station hosted “Operation Baby Bundle,” a community drive to support Airmen and their families at Youngstown Air Reserve Station and gave the collected items to new and expecting parents Dec. 7, 2019.
The event helped 16 families with children ages newborn to one year old. Families received a car seat, pack and play and many other baby items.
“It was shocking the amount of baby items donated by the community,” said Tech. Sgt. Kayla Newhart, commander’s support staff assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing. “It was extremely nice and a real eye-opener to see in person what our community really does for myself and other Airmen.”
Jim Naughton, Airman and Family Readiness director at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, initiated the project and worked together with the community to put together the event for the Airmen and their families.
“We had a baby boom on the base and recognized the need to have resources to support our new families,” said Naughton. “I turned to the community, and they were extremely responsive in wanting to find a way to give back to Airmen who have sacrificed for this country.”
The supporting agencies also provided various educational classes for the parents.
“Our goal is to ensure that not only are we equipping these Airmen with what they need, but to also educate them,” said Bonnie Wilson, coordinator of Family & Children First Council of Trumbull County. “So important when you are a first-time parent to know how to use a car seat properly and what is the correct sleeping position for the baby.”
Operation Baby Bundle sponsors included Once Upon a Child; Mercy Health’s St. Joseph Hospital; the American Red Cross Lake to River Chapter; Trumbull County Children Services; Trumbull County Combined Health District; United Way of Trumbull County; Walmart of Cortland, Ohio; Trumbull County Public Library in Warren; Women, Infants and Children of Trumbull County and AAA of Niles.
“This is a great community event that emphasizes the appreciation the community has for its Airmen,” said Naughton.
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