'Star-Spangled Babies' Baby Shower Held For Fort Drum Families
Military parents-to-be often live far from their extended families and support systems due to deployments and frequent relocation.
Like many new parents, they may have questions, concerns and fears.
That's why Operation Homefront hosts approximately 30 baby showers per year at locations around the country.
It brought its Star-Spangled Babies program to Watertown to help expectant Fort Drum soldiers and dependents get ready for their new additions.
"We want them to feel special and loved and know that they're cared about in their community," said Tonia Russell, shower organizer for Operation Homefront.
"It's great. It really is," said pregnant military wife Tonya Smith.
"It's actually good to break from work for a little bit, actually get to talk with other pregnant people," said Specialist Vanessa Fuston, a pregnant soldier.
Operation Homefront is a national charity which has been supporting families of service members and wounded warriors since 2002.