This week is the Travelers Championship and while the tournament play doesn’t officially start until later this week, there is plenty already going on at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
Operation Shower is an organization that throws baby showers for military moms, and they hosted a special party on Tuesday.
Forty military moms departed a bus and stepped into their baby shower on Tuesday at the TPC.
This year is their 6th year at the Travelers Championship.
“I think it's really important to show our appreciation for military families and all that they do for our country and to be able to do it in a way that's full of joy and it celebrates an important milestone for these moms, and a lot of them are going through their births without their spouses by their sides... we're with you…we love you and happy shower,” said Leann Morrissey, chief shower officer of Operation Shower.
The event was hosted by celebrity entrepreneur Rosie Pope, who is a mom of four.
“I know first-hand how hard it is to be a mom, and mothers really are the backbone of so much of what we do,” Pope said.
It isn’t an easy road for the moms, who are handling most of day-to-day life with a newborn, while their spouse is deployed.
“It's very challenging, every day has its ups and downs, some are challenging more than others, but we have family close so that helps a lot,” said military mom Megan Foley.
What was also helpful on Tuesday was being in a room with other women, who know first-hand what their struggle is like.
The moms at Tuesday’s event are all from the sub base in New London, and they went home with a box full of baby gear, including a handmade quilt by St. Francis Case Manager, and military mom, Lynn Veith.
This is her second year making quilts for the moms, which is a task that takes her a full year, but to her it’s worth every second.
“They're just so grateful that somebody thought of them and I just know what it's like to be that mom at home, and you really don't know what's going on because he can't tell you and to be worried and to be a parent and know how hard it is to be a parent, and I know they're grateful and that makes all the difference and that's what makes me smile and that's what makes all the difference,” Veith said.
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