OGDEN -- Employees of the Bank of Utah stopped by Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah on Tuesday to hold a baby shower for the St. Martha's Baby Project there.
The workers were dropping off half a roomful of items collected in July from the various branches of the bank for the charity -- one of a dozen to benefit from both customers and employees wishing to make a difference.
"We couldn't do it without our great partners," said Marcie Valdez, director of Northern Utah Catholic Community Services.
She said the diapers, bottles, baby clothes and blankets would help many.
"Those new moms, it lets them know that the people in the community care about them," she said, noting that organizers also try to include a gift for the mothers in the layettes they put together.
The director told of more than 600 new moms last year receiving the layettes after being identified by social workers as needing them.
"They look for moms that don't have a lot of support, who are struggling financially or who are young moms," she said.
Bank of Utah employees said they appreciate the opportunity to serve the community.
"We were brainstorming this past spring about what we could do in the summer to help our partners," said Scott Parkinson, Bank of Utah senior vice president of marketing and business development.
The summer project gave customers and employees a chance to help those in the community at a time other than the holiday season.
Parkinson said customers responded in outstanding ways, and some even spent time to put together handmade items for this collection.
He said the project was fun for the team leaders, who decorated to advertise for the event that took place in all branches from Logan and Tremonton to St. George and Price. He said organizers also enjoyed receiving the donations.
In addition to a host of material donations, Parkinson said, customers and employees gave $240 in cash donations for the project.
Maresha Bosgieter, volunteer and community outreach coordinator at Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah, said she has noticed how women like to buy baby items and how that makes helping with the project fun for them.
"My favorite things are all the items that people make," she said, pointing to a large plastic bag of handmade bibs included in the Bank of Utah donation.
Parkinson said one woman made dozens of blankets for the project too.