Approximately 100 military moms-to-be and new mothers attended a baby shower at the USO in downtown Saturday. Moms received donated gifts for their baby and information on being a new parent.
National nonprofit Operation Homefront hosted the Star-Spangled Baby Shower in partnership with USO San Diego and Lincoln Military Housing.
“It’s nice that you know you have support out there,” new mom Lina Desastro said.
The Star-Spangled Babies program provides the showers to support service members and their families. Roughly 42 percent of active-duty military children are five years old or younger according to Operation Homefront.
“I actually think this is a really good idea,” Alexis Hallett told NBC 7. “It seems to help a lot of moms. With postpartum…having that resource here is really helpful.”
Military families often live far away from extended family and friends, and the baby showers give new parents a place to go for help.