Boston, MA - On Nov. 8, March of Dimes and the Boston Bruins Foundation teamed up to host “Mission: Healthy Baby,” for military families at the Langham Hotel in Boston. Bruins wives and girlfriends Stephanie Enserink, Micaela Kanold, Haley Kettelkamp, Katrina Kim and Melanie Krug were also present at the event to show their support and lend a hand.
The event was designed to feel like a baby shower. The hotel ballroom was decorated beautifully with purple throughout, and there were raffles and games for everyone to participate in. In true baby shower fashion, the moms-to-be were showered with gifts, including car seats, gift boxes and baby monitors.
March of Dimes, the Boston Bruins Foundation, Phillips, COSCO and Hello Mamas donated all of the baby gifts from Sunday’s event. Bruins wives and girlfriends assisted in handing out the many different presents.
March of Dimes focuses on researching issues that threaten babies and finds both treatment and prevention for them.
“We partnered with the Boston Bruins for our Mission Healthy Baby program to support military moms in their pregnancy before they get pregnant, during their pregnancy and also after,” said Elizabeth Dunn, the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Greater Boston Area chapter of March of Dimes.
Over 40 mothers-to-be from all over the East Coast attended the event on Sunday afternoon.
“It was so special to be here with the March of Dimes and Boston Bruins to support all the moms inside and see the looks on their faces when they got the gifts,” Dunn said.
Service members Emma Byrne and her husband are currently living at Hanscom Military Base in Bedford, Mass. Byrne was impressed with the compassion shown by March of Dimes and the Boston Bruins Foundation during Sunday’s event.
“This is just amazing,” she said. “It shows that your community cares about you, and the fact that they’re reaching out to the military members is just really exciting. I didn’t expect half of this - it’s amazing.”
This event was held in conjunction with the Bruins’ Military Appreciation Night, which will be held on Nov. 12 against the Colorado Avalanche to honor local military members, veterans and their families. Together, Bruins players Jimmy Hayes, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Brad Marchand, Kevan Miller and Zach Trotman purchased $15,000 worth of tickets to the game for local military families.
During warm-ups, players will wear special edition camouflaged jerseys, which will be signed and auctioned off during the game and online. That will offer Bruins fans who were not able to attend the opportunity to participate in Military Appreciation Night.