Drive-thru baby shower held for soon-to-be military moms at Groton sub museum

New London

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)– The SUBASE’s top brass was among those who welcomed forty soon-to-be military mom’s to a shower like no other.

“Oh this is so amazing,” said Shelby Viars, whose husband serves in the Navy. “I love how they do this for all the military spouses we really do appreciate it.”

Usually this shower is thrown by Operation Shower at the Travelers Championship but this year its sponsor ConnectiCare had to get creative. 

The now drive thru shower was moved to the Submarine Force Library and Museum.

“These families have made such tremendous sacrifice for us that we feel this is one of the best ways that we can show them our gratitude and give a little back to them,” said Eric Galvin, President of ConnectiCare.”

The soon-to-be moms stayed in their cars and were showered with cheers and gifts.

“I’m having a boy, yes this is my first,” said Viars.

Most are married to members of Naval Submarine Base New London who either have been deployed or will be deployed. While at least one mom is serving herself.

“I’m active duty,” said Hali Elkins. “I work at the health clinic and we are having twins, a boy and a girl, in about twenty days.”

Like with all baby showers these soon-to-be Navy moms got a boatload of gifts.

They were in Operation Shower’s signature “shower in a box.”

“So it’s full of everything you’d get at a baby shower that you’d register for, plus some extras,” said Amy Belle Isle of Operation Shower.

Like a onesie from Travelers of course, along with diapers, toys, books, a handmade quilt, and a car seat.

“As a new mom there’s so much you need. It’s so overwhelming,” said Elkins.

Operation Shower has been celebrating new moms since 2007.

“I think this year it might mean more now than ever that everybody’s been isolated. Many of these their spouses or partners are deployed so it’s an exciting time but also an extra layer of stress for these moms,” said Isle.

They recognize that it’s the whole family who serves. 

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