Giving Back: Community Baby Shower A Success


Last Updated on October 31,2023


Fairmont, WV — On Saturday, October 15, 2016, the Marion County Family Resource Network held its annual community baby shower for expecting mothers. The young mothers heard speakers on various topics ranging from car seat safety to nutritional guides for newborn babies.

“The Community Baby shower was a very successful event,” stated Frank Jarman, executive director of the Marion County Family Resources Network. “Expectant mothers came away with valuable knowledge and resources for their babies and will be able to take home items their babies will need for the first month of their lives.” Jarman attributed the event’s success to volunteers including Toni Balenger, Leslie Donaldson, Donna Blood and Lauren Prinzo.

As part of the event, expecting mothers were provided with baby shower gifts collected from donations throughout Marion County. The Manchin Injury Law Group of Fairmont donated sixteen car seats to the event.

“Car seat safety is an important topic near and dear to my heart,” said Tim Manchin, managing partner of the law firm. “Our firm has seen the devastating consequences from the failure to properly use car seats when a newborn is involved in a car wreck.” Manchin continued, “We are so fortunate to live in this wonderful community and are happy to contribute to our children’s safety by making sure their mothers don’t have to choose between safety and other costly infant needs.”

Taylor Downs, also a partner in the law firm, commented that “before new parents can even bring a baby home, they are required to have a properly sized and installed car seat. It is vital that these mothers and babies get off to the right start.”

The Manchin Injury Law Group was originally established in 1983 and practices in the areas of personal injury litigation. The firm is committed to the Marion County community and participates in many volunteer events throughout the year.

The FRN works to coordinate and collaborate resources throughout the community to address health, safety, education, economic, social and spiritual needs of all families, while eliminating any duplication of services.


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