Thursday, October 8, 2009

11th Annual ‘Layette Project’ benefits 50 newborns in L.A.

For the 11th consecutive year, ‘Vincentian’ volunteers from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles’ Our Lady of the Angels District welcomed newborns into the world through a special Layette Project at California Hospital Medical Center in L.A.

In honor of the Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul, of whom this organization is named after, approximately 10 Vincentians personally distributed new baby clothes and accessories to 50 low-income mothers who had given birth on the day of the Society's visit to the hospital. In addition, the first two babies born on that day received new cribs!

St. Vincent’s Feast Day fell on a Sunday (September 27) this year, so the distribution was held on Friday, September 25.

Dorothy Campbell of the Council’s Transfiguration Conference founded the Layette Project and was just as excited about this year’s event as she was her first time out.

“It’s so amazing to meet these mothers who are really in need. This is a gift from God. The reward for us is that God is there for us at all times. And with Him everything is possible,” she said. “God has helped expand this program from year-to-year. I give Him the praise.

Among the 50 newborns, there were two sets of twins, which added to the Vincentian’s visit.

“It was so exciting to see not one, but two sets of twins. What a blessing!” said Claire Padama, president of the Council’s Our Lady of the Angeles District. “It’s very gratifying to see the look on the faces of the mothers when they receive something for their babies. These are mothers who really need it. They don’t have much, especially in this economy. They are grateful for anything we can do.”

The mothers and Vincentians are not the only individuals who take pleasure from this event.

"I think it’s a wonderful thing. A lot of the patients here don’t have a lot. To see the joy on their faces when they receive the gifts, especially the ones who receive the cribs, is terrific. And, I love seeing the volunteers because they are so enthusiastic about giving and making the moms really happy", said Patricia Britt, who helps oversee the maternity ward at California Hospital Medical Center.

The OLA District held a fundraiser to help collect the various baby items for this annual event.

Photos (clockwise from top): The Council's Dorothy Campbell (l) and Claire Padama (center) speak to a nurse prior to the baby distribution; Vincentians from the OLA District with one of the two sets of newborns at the hospital.

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