Story Submitted by Richdean Hills-Ackbar

When you asked for kindness stories, my nonprofit, Caregivers Helping Hand does a community baby shower for moms-to-be who are on public assistance in Hillsborough County. It’s been 11 years now since our first one. I started the Community Baby Shower to honor the people that blessed me with two baby showers when I was a single mother in need. I decided to pay it forward by founding this special event, showing the same kindness to them that I, myself, received. Caregivers Helping Hand provides free services to low income children and teens, women, and seniors, and once a year, this very special event pampers our moms-to-be. But this year, on October 10th, our spoiling of 200 moms-to-be with baskets of goodies is going to be a little different. We’ll be following pandemic safety measures and having a drive-through Community Baby Shower because we feel it’s safer for expectant moms and our volunteers. HUMANA is donating 250 mask for volunteers and our moms-to-be. We have gloves, mask, soap and water to protect ourselves and others. Soon-to-be moms can register to take part at

If anyone is interested in showing kindness to these moms-to-be, we always accepts gently used and new items for newborn babies, and boys and girls. Items needed include newborn diapers, baby bags, pacifiers, socks, blankets, hats, t-shirts, headbands, rattles, bottles, teething toys, strollers, mobiles, baby wipes, lotion, shampoo, powder, crib sheets, baby swings, baby monitors, and bottle warmers.