Operation Shower was founded in 2007 when LeAnn Morrissey had the idea to send a “baby shower in a box” to four expectant military moms whose partners were deployed at the time.
The support she received during the process of putting the boxes together, the gratitude of the mothers and the morale boost for the fathers were all LeAnn needed to realize that this was something worth doing again and again. Soon after, Operation Shower hosted its first unit-wide baby shower at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
By 2010, Operation Shower had partnered with the PGA TOUR and Birdies for the Brave® for the first time ever and a year later had the honor of working with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to host a baby shower with Joining Forces. Another key partnership then began in 2012 with a grant from the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund.
Over the years, Operation Shower has hosted showers for thousands of military families, thanks to the overwhelming support of individuals and groups across the country. In 2015, Operation Shower even took its mission to Italy for the first ever international baby shower! The showers not only provide amazing must-haves for the moms and their babies, but also give these women and their families a chance to come together and celebrate.
After all, the military moms who hold it all together at home deserve a party!
Operation Shower has been able to honor thousands of military families thanks in large part to the endless support and generosity of sponsors and donors across the country.Our Supporters
The Operation Shower Team
LeAnn is responsible for implementing Operation Shower’s mission and working to make every shower an event worthy of the women and families we support.
Amy works to see that every detail of our baby showers is lovingly and thoughtfully planned, just as if your best friend was hosting the shower!
The military lifestyle is nothing new for Lindsey, as her husband, SGT Ryan Fletcher served two tours in Iraq as a United States Marine.
LeOra works with the hearts and hands that help us carry out our mission - our volunteers!
As one of our first ever volunteers, Ginger now works full time with our moms-to-be and military bases to ensure they are ready for Shower Day!
Ed Morrissey is Partner & Chief Creative Officer at Integrity, a St. Louis-based web design and development agency.
James Shepherd is Managing Partner at the law firm of Shook, Hardy and Bacon, LLP in Houston, Texas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the criteria for moms and moms-to-be to be eligible for a group baby shower or "B is for Baby" Box?
The military mom or mom-to-be nominated for a shower or a B is for Baby Box must (1) have a spouse or partner who is deployed or deploying during the pregnancy, (2) be active duty with a group that is deploying or (3) have a partner who was injured during deployment.
We also include families who undergo extended non-deployment absences during the pregnancy. We ask that the moms have not been previously showered by another group during the current pregnancy, and that the baby is no older than three months at the time of the shower.
How does Operation Shower decide where the showers will be held?
Showers are typically planned months in advance. Therefore, we almost always have shower requests on our waiting list. As we consider where we will host the next shower, we look at a combination of factors, including where we have identified a need and where we can secure the sponsors who enable us to host showers.
Although we have more requests than we do current resources, we are always working to build relationships that will allow us to grow and honor even more deserving military families!
How do I find out if I can attend a group baby shower?
Operation Shower works directly with points of contact on the military base selected to help identify and reach out to qualifying moms-to-be. We extend invitations to the qualifying moms based on the number of moms we are able to shower at that time.
If we are hosting a shower in a location where there are available spots for additional moms, we often utilize social media to announce that we are accepting more moms, and to notify potential applicants.
Note that we never discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factor.
How do I nominate myself or another military mom for a B is for Baby Box?
To nominate yourself or another military mom-to-be for an individual B is for Baby Box, please fill out a B is for Baby Box request form. Please remember that while we are working to shower as many families as we can, it may be some time before your B is for Baby Box request is processed.
How can I nominate a group for group baby shower?
If you are a mom, you can refer your base’s Family Readiness Officer to our website to fill out a group baby shower request form. Family Readiness Officers can provide their information. If Operation Shower is bringing a group shower to the area, we can work with a Family Readiness Officer to determine if a group is eligible for a baby shower!
How can my company sponsor a shower or other event?
You can learn more about sponsorships here.
How can I donate baby products?
Operation Shower welcomes product donations from individuals and companies!
All items must be new, and should be unwrapped. Donations should be sent to: Operation Shower, 7382 Pershing Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130. Please contact us if you have any questions about product donations. You can learn more about donating and contact us, here.
Can I donate my handmade baby products?
Absolutely! We love receiving handmade baby items from individuals and groups all over the country that we can gift to military families. Donations should be unwrapped and sent to: Operation Shower, 7382 Pershing Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130.
How can I donate party-related items and services (graphic design, photography, desserts)?
You can learn more about services donations here.
How can I volunteer at an event?
You can learn more about volunteering here.