Matt Lasley | GC News-GazetteRepresentatives from the Grayson County Public Library meet with attendees of the 2018 Community Baby Shower.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Representatives from the Grayson County Public Library meet with attendees of the 2018 Community Baby Shower.

The 2018 Community Baby Shower, an annual event for the benefit of new and expecting mothers, was held to a high turnout at Grayson County Middle School on Saturday afternoon.

Hosted by the Grayson County Health Department, the event saw 53 attendees sign in to meet with 17 area health and wellness vendors and listen to guest speakers about how best to care for the well-being of their babies.

Grayson County Public Health Director Mindy Renfrow said the guest speakers included:

•Wendee Embry, PA, of Leitchfield Pediatric Clinic;

•Dr. Michael Nethers, OB/GYN, and his wife, Susan, who spoke about shaken baby syndrome, an affliction from which their grandchild passed away;

•Terri Edwards, who spoke about sudden infant death syndrome, an affliction from which her nephew passed away;

•Joyce Vercellino, of Communicare, who spoke about tobacco and alcohol awareness; and

•Jenny Cummings, from the Grayson County Health Department, who spoke about the department's HANDS program, a free, voluntary mentoring program for all families.

In addition, Renfrow wished to thank the vendors, as well as the businesses and people who donated gifts for give-aways and Girl Scout Troop 31 for volunteering to serve food.

"Overall, it went really well," said Renfrow, adding that the larger area at GCMS, as well as holding the event on a Saturday rather than a weeknight likely played a role in the higher turnout.

"I was surprised by the number of people who stayed the whole time," she said.

Renfrow expects next year's Community Baby Shower to be held at GCMS on a Saturday again to continue to better serve working families.