Baskets filled with books, barns for babies

April 29, 2019

Newborns welcomed with gift baskets from local farmers.

During National Agriculture Week, March 10-16, the newest bundles of joy were presented with gift baskets at Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals of Northwestern Medicine. The baskets were compliments of local farmers and agricultural organizations.

The gift baskets explained to families how important agriculture is to their everyday lives. In a few years their baby will understand the connection between farming, food and fiber.

Gift baskets were filled with products which originate on the farm or are representative of production agriculture. The ag basket contents included: baby wipes and bath wash (glycerin), a bib (soybeans), corn snacks (corn), board books and ag magazines (corn starch, wood pulp),  “onesie” (cotton), meat gift certificates (beef & pork), oatmeal cereal (oats), ice cream gift card (dairy), corn-shaped teether (field corn), barn-shaped and tractor-shaped stress relievers (barns & tractors) and pig/cow stuffed animal (livestock).

Sponsors of the Ag Week Baby Baskets included: DeKalb Area Pork Producers, DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers, DeKalb County Lamb & Wool Producers, DeKalb-Kane Cattlemen’s Association, Kishwaukee Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

Mollie Habbe (right) shows some of the ag basket items to (left) Kevin and Haley Weber and their newborn baby Jay at Kishwaukee Hospital. Jay was born during National Agriculture Week, on March 14. The Webers of Sycamore were one of 20 families that received ag baskets from local farmers like Mollie, a sheep producer and president of the DeKalb County Lamb & Wool Producers.