Community Baby Shower Helps Moms Deliver Care

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
New babies need both loving care and attention to physical needs to help them thrive. Crossroads Family Ministries is committed to supporting parents who want the best for their newborns, but are having difficulties doing so.
A J&D Pharmacy employee is very aware of the problems many local women have when preparing for a new baby, and taking care of it as a newborn. She received the okay from her boss to sponsor a two-week long Baby Shower, so area residents could donate baby items to help support the efforts of Crossroads Family Ministries. J&D Pharmacy is the drop-off point for anything baby-related, including diapers, wipes, rattles, furniture and many other baby needs.  The most urgent need is for diapers in sizes 5 and 6, and diaper wipes.
“My personal philosophy is that if everyone goes to a dollar store and purchases a few items to donate, it will help,” said the J&D employee. “Those with donations can then go to J&D Pharmacy and deposit their items in the box with balloons.”
Tammy Paulsen, Director of Crossroads Family Ministries, reports that each pregnant woman who comes to her for help or information is given a free layette that includes diapers and wipes. Those who take part in classes can earn credits which may be used to spend on more diapers, wipes, blankets and other baby items.  If they don’t need baby necessities, they may use credits like cash to make purchases at the thrift store. There are a variety of classes about parenting, the prenatal period, labor and delivery, breast feeding, child development, marriage/relationships and Bible study. There is also a room available for those who want to study or take tests. 
“As a pregnancy resource center, we offer free pregnancy tests, and as a pro life ministry, we provide counseling and coordination for those who want to know about adoption options,” said Paulsen. “We are a Safe Haven which is an alternative to abandonment, child abuse or murder. Under a fairly new law, we are able to take newborns who are 45 days old or less, with no questions asked, or without prosecution. Newborns in Missouri also may be left in the hands of staff on duty at a hospital, fire, ambulance,  police station, or maternity home.”
Paulsen said that Crossroads will be offering healing and restoration classes and a weekend retreat for women, men and families suffering from unhealthy emotional reactions experienced after abortions. It is a new ministry entitled “If Not For Grace.”
“We are an all-volunteer ministry, run by an eight-member board,” said Paulsen. “Out thrift store helps fund the services we offer to our clients. The Pregnancy Resource Center is open Monday through Friday, from 1 to 4 PM, and the Crossroads Thrift Store is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments for individual classes are available by calling 660-438-9140. Crossroads is across the parking lot from the Benton County Health Department which is located at 1238 Commercial Street, in Warsaw.”