The local chapter of Birthright International has had an annual tradition of presenting a gift layette to the baby born closest to midnight on Christmas Eve.
This year’s baby was Khloe Chapman, born in the afternoon on Dec. 24. Birthright’s director, Katherine Knappett and volunteer, Lorraine Flynn made a brief visit to the hospital on Christmas day to welcome Khloe and present the gift basket to her parents.
The volunteers learned, after the visit, that Khloe’s great grandfather passed away just a few days before her birth.
“Life experiences around new life and death, such as this, are always a good reminder for all, to celebrate life each day remembering the cycle of life is all part of our journey through time. Birthright’s mandate is to support (and celebrate) both the mother and the child,” said Knappett.
Birthright has been operating in Campbell River since 1979, offering a confidential, caring, listening ear to women in the community in need of support. The office at #211-437, 10th Avenue is open weekdays 12-2 p.m. Although Birthright is non-denominational, the local office has been able to remain open thanks to the generous support of congregations from 13 local religious groups participating in BR’s annual fundraiser, Operation Baby Bottle.
If anyone is in need of their service or may wish to become a volunteer, leave a message, or call during office hours, at 250-286-1712.