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The ‘World’s Greatest Baby Shower’ happens Saturday

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

February 23, 2022

 

Ocala, Fla. — New parents or soon-to-be parents have an opportunity to grab some swag and some advice on boosting their parenting skills by attending the annual “World’s Greatest Baby Shower” on Saturday.

The event is scheduled 1–3 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Kingdom Revival Church, 3318 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, adjacent to the Publix in the Forty East Shopping Center.

The Baby Shower is hosted by the Florida Department of Health in Marion County and its partners at the Healthy Start Coalition of North Central Florida.

To better protect participants during the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the Baby Shower is a drive-thru event.

It is free for parents who are expecting or with children 12 months old or younger. Fathers are also encouraged to attend.

Each family will receive a goody bag filled with mom-baby education and community resource information. Families also could win a car-door prize, such as umbrella strollers, activity mats bouncers and more.

After the drive-thru event, families may register online for a chance to win one of the big prizes.

Those include a convertible car seat, a crib with mattress, travel systems, glider rockers and video baby monitors.

Once registered, families will receive a Zoom link to participate in a virtual presentation at 10 a.m. on March 4, when the winners will be selected live.

For more information, contact the Healthy Start program at the Department of Health in Marion County at 352-644-2717.

The World’s Greatest Baby Shower is co-sponsored by AdventHealth Ocala, the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, Suncoast Credit Union and many local service organizations.

The Healthy Start program is available to pregnant women and women with children up to 3 years old and their families.

The program is free to qualified families and provides education about childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting, and other topics.

Healthy Start also offers resource information, case management, and care coordination services to improve birth outcomes and decrease infant mortality. Healthy Start staff members visit families in their homes and virtually, providing individualized care.

For more information about Healthy Start, contract the Department of Health in Marion County at 352-644-2717, or visit marion.floridahealth.gov.