BUFFALO, NY - Call it a special delivery! The Daybreak team had the pleasure of delivering all of your donations for Melissa's Community Baby Shower to Haven House Thursday. The response was overwhelming.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and by the looks of all the donated baby gifts, there's no better village than ours.
"I see a mountain of miracles," said Haven House and Child and Family Services Director Katey Joyce.
Daybreak co-anchor Melissa Holmes' Community Baby Shower was an event to celebrate a new life to help make other lives new again.
For the past two weeks, generous Western New Yorkers have donated gifts of clothing, diapers, toiletries and more. All of those gifts went directly to Haven House, the only licensed shelter in Erie County for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
The donation bins were overflowing at Ethan Allen in Amherst. Gifts included a beautiful basket from viewer Kathy in Clarence, and dozens of little bags full of toothbrushes and toothpaste for mother and child.
"This was great. We had people coming in a dozen, dozen and a half, over the course of each day and it got bigger and bigger," said Ken Slomovitz, Ethan Allen Managing Partner.
The stack of gifts was just as big at Southtowns Radiology in Orchard Park.
"There's diapers and things a new mom needs. But there's extra. There's love in those boxes. There's handmade blankets and handmade sweaters. It's pretty amazing," said office manager Cathy Fitzgerald.
The giving continued in Hamburg, where every guest at Lisa Sheffer's baby shower, brought an extra gift for ours.
"It's a wonderful thing to have the community reach out to these women and children who don't have anything," said Sheffer.
For the nearly 500 women and children who stay at Haven House each year, the physical donations will certainly go a long way – Joyce says the donations will last for months – but the meaning behind it all, is a gift that will last a lifetime.
"I can't tell you the lift that it brings into the shelter when we can say, 'Look. Some stranger in the community who you don't even know, or some business or some group thought of you, wants the baby to get off to a great start, wants mom to get off to a great start and look at what they provided,'" Joyce said.
From Melissa and the entire Two on Your Side team: Thank you for showering these moms with support!