This year, there is a drive-thru format.

Riverside Missionary Baptist Church is having its third annual Sip & See Community Baby Shower from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (September 25).

During the drive-thru event, 200 families with children ages five and under will receive free gift baskets that include items such as bottles, diapers, pull-ups, wipes, onesies and other useful items depending on the age of the child.

Food trucks will be onsite to provide a meal and dessert to the participants at no cost to them. Also, the first 50 people will receive a Walmart gift card. Early arrival is suggested. 

The gift baskets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Riverside Missionary Baptist Church is located in South Memphis at 3590 South Third Street.

Ariel Laws, one of the coordinators of Sip & See, said the church’s children’s ministry launched the event to provide valuable resources and information about local social services to families with small children.

“Our theme is in pursuit of happiness, love and joy,” said Laws. “We’ve been in the midst of a pandemic for almost two years now. Many families are in need, and we want to continue to use this event to be a blessing to them. 

“In previous years, it was held inside the church. In an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible while distributing the items, we decided to switch to a drive-thru format. We hope families will come by so we can bless them.” 

Founded in 1887, the mission of Riverside Missionary Baptist Church is to “help people discover their best life by connecting them with Christ.” Dr. Reginald Boyce has served as the senior pastor since 2016.

(For more information about the Sip & See Community Baby Shower, call 901-789-4570; email [email protected].)