OLD TOWN, Maine — Shopping for Sunday morning’s event at St. James’ Episcopal Church turned out to be a lot more fun than Sara Lindsay thought it would be.
In preparing for the Mother’s Day Baby Shower fundraiser to benefit the Indian Women’s Mission Center on Indian Island, Lindsay, a St. James parishioner, thought back to what her own children ate as babies.
“My girls are all grown up, so we went down memory lane and bought baby food that they liked,” Lindsay said as she unpacked small jars of baby food from a white plastic bag. “My younger daughter’s favorite was sweet potatoes, so I got that. We have the rice-and-lentil dinner, which was my older daughter’s favorite.”
The baby shower — a drive, really, to collect baby necessities that a food pantry might not normally stock — will continue all week. The Indian Women’s Mission Center operates the island’s only food cupboard.
The items being collected include diapers (newborn size and up); training pants; baby wipes, lotion, shampoo, bath wash and powder; packets of washcloths; formula, including soy; baby cereal and crackers; baby socks, hats and bibs; and receiving blankets.
Lindsay also brought a four-pack of tuna fish for adults.
“I know the food pantry is also looking for all kinds of donations, and one of the hardest things that all the pantries have a hard time stocking is protein, because it’s expensive,” she said.
Several plastic bags filled with some of those items were placed at the altar during the offertory segment of Sunday’s service at St. James. After the service, parishioners gathered in a multipurpose room for cake and cookies.
Paula Baines, the church’s senior warden and outreach coordinator, said St. James has held baby showers the last three to four years. This is, however, the first year the Indian Women’s Mission Center was the beneficiary.
Baines got to know Rose Scribner, who directs the center, through St. James parishioner John Dieffenbacher-Krall, who is director of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. Baines had her first meeting with Scribner in March.
Baines said the mission serves about 400 families both on the island and in Greater Old Town.
“They were telling us about the young people who need help, and they’re often single moms with young children,” Baines said. “We were looking for opportunities to connect in our Old Town community. We want to develop the relationship in some way, whether it’s supporting the food pantry or in other ways. But we’re getting to know each other.”
To donate through the next week, call Paula Baines at 947-0087 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.