Layette Program welcomes new babies Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 October 2017
By Valerie Collins
GUIDON volunteer

Welcoming a new baby into a military Family comes with many challenges. Mary Beth Savre, wife of Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, has teamed up with General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital along with several organizations around the community to bring the Layette Program to the installation.

This program is dependent on community donations. Beneficiaries receive bags, during their stay in the hospital, that are gender specific, and a visit from Savre and members of the organizations she collaborates with.
Mary Beth Savre, far right, welcomes one of Fort Leonard Woodís newest residents while presenting a gift bag at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. The Layette Program Savre helped establish provides a welcome bag for each new baby born on the installation.

“When stationed at Fort Hood, we had a Layette Program and I thought it would be great to start a program here to ensure each Family feels special when their baby arrives,” Savre said.

Sgt. Barthaniel Morgan, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, and his Family welcomed a baby girl in early February, shortly after arriving at Fort Leonard Wood. Savre went to the hospital, with a bag full of baby items, to personally welcome their Family and celebrate the birth of their daughter.

“This is the most thoughtful thing I have ever received in my Army career,” Morgan said. He explained that his “wife was mesmerized by the generosity.” He said his kids were impacted by the kindness of Savre and they still ask when they will see her again.

“It wasn’t the gift, it was the fact that someone cared enough to visit and celebrate with us,” Morgan said.

“Having delivered my own children in an Army hospital, I am well aware that many Army Families don’t have their extended Families with them,” Savre said.

Morgan said this type of program is one that benefits a community as a whole.

“Mrs. Savre does this because she truly cares, not because she has to,” Morgan said. He thinks this makes all the difference.

Savre credits the Fort Wood Community Spouses’ Club, Hero’s Care, Exchange staff, GLWACH maternity ward and the Fort Leonard Wood Thrift Shop grants for the success of the Layette Program, calling it “a team effort and an uplifting experience.”

More than 200 bags have been given to new parents since Savre started this program.

“In continuing this program, I want to let every Family that has a baby at our hospital know there are people here to support them, share in their excitement and make them feel at home,” Savre said.

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