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Community Health throws baby shower for new moms

Food, prizes and gift bags brought growing families together June 22 in Park Rapids.

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Expectant mom Makayla Hanson, whose daughter is due Oct. 21, enjoys lunch at the Community Health baby shower on June 22, 2022 with her baby's father, Rick Johnson; Ashlynn Togstad, older sister Paige Togstad and Paige's son Owen Togstad, aged 6 months. Behind them is a table of prizes for a drawing later. "It's fun," said Paige. "Something to do for the kids, for the moms. It's nice."
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise
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CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health offered food, swag and prize drawings for expectant moms and the parents of babies June 22 at their office in Park Rapids.

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Emilee Miller Briard and her son, Weston Briard, aged 15 months, exchange smiles over watermelon and applesauce during the baby shower June 22, 2022 at CHI St. Joseph's Health Community Health in Park Rapids.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

It was a pleasant, sunny day for the picnic-style event.

“It’s a community baby shower,” said Amy Morris, RN with Community Health. “We’re hosting it for Hubbard County … trying to just promote our family home visiting, WIC, and just support the parents.”

“We had people here before we were ready to open,” said Community Health Director Marlee Morrison, who said turnout had been good with about 13 families going through during the first half-hour.

“We’ve got lunch and gift bags for everyone and a lot of door prizes,” she added.

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“We do have an interpreter, in case we have any Spanish-speaking families,” said Morris. “We translated the flyer into Spanish and shared that at a couple locations.”

“We really wanted to remind people that Community Health is here, and Public Health is here, and there’s a lot of resources we have and can share and be supportive to families,” said Morrison.

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CHI St. Joseph's Health Community Health held a public baby shower for expectant moms and parents with babies on June 22, 2022 at their location on Career Path in Park Rapids.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise
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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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