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‘Crafty Ladies’ remember babies at Christmas

‘Crafty Ladies’ affiliated with the Martinez Masonic Lodge No. 41 are Merrel Antoneo, president; Laura Conyers, incoming president; and Patricia Berringer, project chairman. They are showing items collected in their annual “Christmas for the Babies” for the Newborn Infant Project at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez.  (DELORIS McDONALD / Courtesy)
‘Crafty Ladies’ affiliated with the Martinez Masonic Lodge No. 41 are Merrel Antoneo, president; Laura Conyers, incoming president; and Patricia Berringer, project chairman. They are showing items collected in their annual “Christmas for the Babies” for the Newborn Infant Project at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez. (DELORIS McDONALD / Courtesy)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Crafty Ladies of Martinez Masonic Lodge No. 41 “remember the babies” at their stated meetings in November and December. This annual collection of baby items supports the Newborn Infant Project at the Contra Costa Medical Center in Martinez. Merrel Antoneo, president, Laura Conyers, in-coming president and Patricia Berringer, project chairman, show off the Christmas gifts given by the ladies.

Individuals and groups have baby showers or Christmas gift parties collecting all types of baby items for newborn to 3-month-old babies. The auxiliary ladies at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center make up layettes containing a receiving blanket, sleepers, a onesie, a cap, a digital thermometer, and any other items donated. These layettes are given to each mother as she takes her baby home.

Deloris McDonald, publicity chairman, stated: “All donations are greatly appreciated as there are often 200 babies born each month. It has been the signature project  of the Auxiliary for over 30 years.”

For more information about the project, Call Jo-Ann Lee at  (925) 870-5818.

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