Nearly 75 military veterans are expecting, so the Miami VA celebrated by hosting a baby shower on Saturday.
The agency’s Women Veterans Program presented the party at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center in Miami, to honor veterans and their families’ new additions.
The guests of honor received clothing, toiletries, diapers, toys, gift cards and other items as part of the event, presented by the agency’s Women Veterans Program. Some larger items, including strollers, were provided in a free raffle.
The program collected donations from Miami VA employees and from businesses to help local veterans with the arrivals of their newborns.
Deborah Toler, a nurse who is the program’s maternity care coordinator, conceived the idea as a way to honor veterans and celebrate their growing families.
“I hope it’s an annual event,” Toler said. “I do my work [with clients] over the phone. The baby shower is how I can get to meet them and see them. It’s wonderful.”