DYER | St. Monica Home on the Franciscan St. Margaret Health Dyer campus has been showered with gifts recently.
Representatives of McColly Real Estate’s 17 local offices in Northwest Indiana and Illinois recently conducted a month-long baby shower collection drive for necessities to donate to St. Monica Home.
Melissa Coduti came up with the plan after checking online for community donation ideas and a fitting area agency to become the recipient. The company also distributed a press release, made posters and put notices on social media to publicize the collection drive.
The McColly Foundation campaign has benefited numerous area programs.
St. Monica Manager Liz Guzman-Arredondo called the effort “awesome and a great surprise,” adding she received the call about the collection “out of the blue.”
Another recent donation came from members of the St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity of the Third Order of Secular Franciscans at St. Liborius Catholic Church in Steger, Ill., who have collected and donated baby items to St. Monica Home for about a dozen years.
The Daughters of St. Liborius spiritual adoption-baby shower program, which runs annually from fall through Mother’s Day, benefits St. Monica residents and their unborn children through prayers and donations.
The idea came when Art Martlink, father of parishioner Kendra Duncan, who saw information about the home while he was a patient at the Dyer hospital and recommended it as a fitting beneficiary.
Donated items include "onesies," diapers, baby bottles, receiving blankets and crib sheets.
Since 1994, the home has offered a medically sound and emotionally healthy residential environment for women 12 to 21 who are awaiting the birth of a child. Residents, whose average length of stay is nine months, learn positive relationships and parenting skills under the guidance of experienced and encouraging resident advisers.