Taylor County Family Expo to provide essentials for new parents

GRAFTON— The Taylor County Partners in Prevention Team is teaming up with Taylor County Family Resources to provide a special event for expecting parents, as well as parents or families who have an infant under the age of one.

The Taylor County Family Expo provides families with helpful information and tips for raising their newborns, and also supplies those who participate with items for their new babies.

Like many events taking place this year, due to COVID-19, organizers had to get creative and come up with a nontraditional approach to hosting the event.

“What a difficult year we have had with planning this year’s Taylor County Family Expo,” expressed Tracie Murphy, West Virginia Impact Supervisor. “We didn’t want our families thinking we have forgotten about them, so we knew we had to come up with a way to make this happen.”

She explained that during the last meeting of the Taylor County Partners in Prevention Team, how to safely host this event was a main area of discussion.

“During that meeting, we decided it would be best and safest for us, and for all those that participate, to offer a drive-thru event for our families that are either expecting or have an infant less than 12 months old,” she added.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, and will be held at the Taylor County Family Resources office, located at 105 Beech Street.

Murphy noted that they are asking for donations from vendors or community members, and because they are unable to host an in-person event, they are hoping to receive educational and informational materials that can be slipped into the bags for parents.

Items that can be donated include any baby necessities such as, diapers of all sizes, wipes, baby lotions and body washes, blankets, bibs and bottles, just to name a few.

“Those wishing to donate should feel free to drop off any items or resourceful information at the Taylor County Family Resources office between now and Thursday, September 10,” she said.

This will give organizers ample amount of time to prepare the bags prior to the event.

According to Murphy, one must pre-register for this event, and they have already had several parents get signed up to take advantage of this helpful opportunity.

“We started to advertise and the registrations are starting to roll in,” she commented.

Spaces are limited, as she revealed that the event will only register 30 guests. Pre-registration must be completed before Friday, September 4, and can be done by calling 304-614-0888 or 304-813-2385.

“Despite having to modify our event to respect the need to provide social distancing, we are really looking forward to making this a great event, even during these difficult times,” voiced Murphy.


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