NORFOLK (NNS) -- Wives of deployed Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) were showered in recognition and gifts during a group baby shower, August 28 at Naval Station Norfolk.
The non-profit group Operation Shower partnered with the 41's First Mates to host the event for 36 military moms-to-be.
"Deployments can be tough, but this gives moms something to look forward to," said Melanie Adams, a military spouse and mother of four who assisted with the event. "It brightens their day and helps provide for their baby."
The shower included lunch, raffle prizes, and the presentation of a "Shower in a Box" to each of the mothers - a collection of products for mothers and babies that have been donated by various companies and individuals. In addition, the event provided mothers the opportunity to connect with other military families in their situation.
"Most of us continue to be friends long after the shower," said Adams. "We watch our kids grow up together, even when it's just through pictures."
U.S. Navy Sailors deploy around the world, answering the call to serve while away from their families. It's during these times that the military family shines -- managing assets, caring for children, and answering a call of their own.
"In the military, families serve too," said Judi Marchand, co-founder of the 41's First Mates. "We are excited about showing these amazing women how much we appreciate and admire everything they do at home that enables their loved ones to proudly serve abroad."
The 41's First Mates are a group of passionate women from Kennebunkport, Maine and Texas - the two "home states" of the 41st President George H.W. Bush - who have dedicated their time and energy to raising funds and giving back to the families of USS George H.W. Bush.
Operation Shower is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and honoring military families by providing joyful baby showers for military moms-to-be to ease the stress of deployment, or in cases where spouses are seriously injured. Since the organization's inception in 2007, Operation Shower has showered more than 2,000 military moms from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard on military bases, during PGA TOUR tournaments, and at other locations.
CVN 77 is currently supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
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