Imperial Valley Reaches Out to the Community at Annual Baby Expo

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Patricia Ochoa watches her daughter Sofia win a prize at the Burn Institute booth.
Patricia Ochoa watches her daughter, Sofia, win a prize at the Burn Institute booth.

EL CENTRO- The area in front of Macy’s at the Imperial Valley mall was filled with families and children Saturday afternoon as the El Centro Regional Medical Center and the valley community hosted this year’s 6th annual IV Children and Baby Expo.

The expo is put on by ECRMC every year and supported by the Imperial Valley mall. Rosana Lugo, marketing manager for ECRMC, stated the event is focused on the families and children, especially young, new families who do not always know what is available for them.

According to Lugo, 35 agencies participated this year, including March of Dimes and Pioneers Memorial Hospital, which were available for families who had questions.  These resources included information on daycare, education, IMG_6224medical services, and more. The agencies represented came from the city of El Centro, the Imperial county, and from around the state.

“There’s a just lot of resources here in the valley and we are trying to reach out to the community,” said Lugo.

Much of the information was useful for families attending, such as Maryel Cabrales of El Centro. “I wanted to get information on daycare and preschool,” said Cabrales, “It’s been really helpful.”

Families were able to see what was available to them as well as relax for the day with planned activities.  A raffle was held every 20 minutes along with contests for children and their families.  All raffle and contest prizes were donated by the agencies of the community.

“It’s a great way to reach to the families to show them what we have in the valley even for a small community,” said Patricia Ochoa, a mother from Imperial who was attending for the first time after missing out on the event for the past three years. “My children have been playing and there’s a lot to see and do,” she said.

More information on the agencies represented at the Expo can be found online and through ECRMC.