It all started on April 1, 2014. Edward posted a Google Images photo of a newborn baby girl on his Facebook page. “We’re adopting a baby!” he announced. “Welcome Ana Christine!”
While dozens of friends congratulated Edward and his partner David on their new daughter (named after both their mothers), others, aware it was April Fool’s Day, voiced their concern that the pair could barely care for a houseplant, let alone a child.
A few days later, David took the joke and ran with it. Without Edward’s knowledge, he began making arrangements for a “baby shower” – in actuality, a fundraiser for PAPCI. Guests were invited to purchase items requested by PAPCI case managers which would then go to real moms and their babies.
On the morning of May 18, PACPI Executive Director Anne Statton met Edward at the door of a local bar and welcomed him to what he thought was a regular PACPI fundraiser. When he entered the bar’s private party room, he was greeted by two dozen friends with shouts of “Surprise! It’s a baby shower for Ana Christine!”
Friends played some of the craziest baby shower games they’ve never heard of: tasting candy bars melted in diapers, waiting for small toy babies frozen in ice cubes to float to the surface of their drinks. Some guests had never attended a baby shower before, and found the whole experience both touching and educational.
“Baby” Ana Christine raised $850 for PACPI and secured donations of diapers, wipes, bibs, blankets, hats, socks, and even homemade booties.
If you love this idea as much as we do, let us know if you’d like to host a shower of your own, either real or fictitious, for PACPI. We can even help you come up with some names for baby.
Thank you so much to Edward, David and friends and most of all, baby Ana Christine!