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BABY ON BOARD: WESTROCK SHOWERS MOMS IN RICHMOND

“…it was such an amazing experience! Literally brought tears to my eyes! It was such a sweet, heartwarming & rare experience. Thank you soooo much for this experience & it truly was amazing! I felt SO welcomed from everyone there! Sooo amazing!” – Alicia, Shower Recipient

In collaboration with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic and through the generosity of WestRock, the non-profit Operation Shower hosted a special drive-through baby shower for 28 military moms-to-be on Tuesday, October 13, from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at the WestRock corporate office, located in Richmond.

To ensure the health and safety of the expectant moms during the COVID-19 pandemic, Operation Shower’s typical in-person, elaborately designed shower format was replaced by a drive-through event that adhered to all state and local health department safety guidelines and social distancing protocols.  During the event, all of the moms were showered with gifts – including Operation Shower’s signature “Showers In A Box.”  Each mom received an array of unique, high-quality products and gift items for mothers and babies from companies including, but not limited to, Chicco, Crane USA, Hazen & Co. Jewelry and Noodle & Boo.

“For military moms who are expecting a baby and whose partners are deployed or soon to be deployed, the impending arrival of a child can be both exciting and stressful in the best of circumstances.  Compounding these challenges are the isolation and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, which puts expectant moms at a disproportionate risk.  For this reason, we felt it was especially important to continue our tradition of showering these moms in a safe manner to let them know how much we appreciate everything they do on behalf of our country,” said Operation Shower Founder and Chief Shower Officer LeAnn Morrissey.

“We recognize the sacrifices our military families make and the impact it has on life’s most special moments, including welcoming a child to their family,” said Mandy Burnette, director, Corporate Giving at WestRock.  “We are excited to join with Operation Shower and Birdies for the Brave to show our appreciation to these courageous military moms-to-be with a very unique, safe and socially distanced drive-through shower experience.”

“It’s a privilege for us to continue our legacy of supporting military charities by honoring all of these extraordinary moms and moms-to-be during this special shower,” said Dominion Energy Charity Classic Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld.

The Dominion Energy Charity Classic took place at The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course October 16-18.  This year’s winner was Birdies for the Brave co-founder, Phil Mickelson.

 About Operation Shower

Operation Shower is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and honoring military families by providing joyful baby showers for military moms-to-be to ease the stress of deployment. Since its inception in 2007, Operation Shower has showered more than 6,300 military moms from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard on military bases and at other locations.  For more information, visit www.operationshower.org.

About WestRock

WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with its customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s team members support customers around the world from locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

 About the Dominion Energy Charity Classic

The 2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic took place October 16-18 at The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course and featured an 81-player field. Phil Mickelson took home the 2020 title, joining previous Dominion Energy Charity Classic champions, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Woody Austin, Bernhard Langer and Scott McCarron. The event aired on the Golf Channel Friday through Sunday in more than 180 countries around the world. For information about corporate sponsorship opportunities or to become a volunteer for the 2021 event, please visit the official tournament website at www.deccgolf.com, see our pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@DECCGolf) or call the Tournament Office at 804-234-8840.