Community — Soroptimists host baby shower for new relief nursery, first year in Newberg

With the recent opening of A Family Place in Newberg, Soroptimists saw an opportunity to help the local community.

“In the past (it was for) the McMinnville Club, but now we’ve got this great new location in town and we thought let’s do it,” said Sally Dallas, Soroptimists’ president-elect.

“It” is a community baby shower, an event that’s been happening in McMinnville for a while.

The structure is fairly simple: local businesses set out boxes for a month and people can donate needed goods, which are then given to A Family Place to help their cliental.

“It seemed like a natural fit since A Family Place works with pregnant women or (new mothers),” said Cara Copeland, the organization’s director. “They are collecting for us right now diapers, toys, clothing and books. We’ll handout books and toys at the end of classes to thank parents and reward them for their hard work.”

But the most needed item is diapers.

“We give out 1,600 diapers a month; by the end of the year we anticipate that number could be up to 10,000 a month across the county,” Copeland said. “We’ve found that has been one of the most significant needs parents who are struggling have to make ends meet.”

Dallas said the two groups meshed well, as the Soroptimists also seek to help women and children.

“We like helping out,” she extorted.

The donation boxes will be out until April 7 and are located at the Newberg Public Library, Key Bank, Les Schwab, Ben Jaquith American Family Insurance and the Red Hills Market in Dundee.

For more information about the Soroptimists, visit For more information about A Family Place, visit

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