This showed up in my feed on Facebook, from a person I worked with:
C’s baby shower!
As you know myself and L are expecting a little bundle of joy in April and due to so many people living far away, we all won’t be able to make it to my baby shower. If you would like to help me out with the arrival of baby A, I have decided this might be an option so everyone can be there for us in any way possible. The option is up to you.
All the little things add up (as you know) and are quite costly, so if you would like to send something instead of parcels a wishing well has been thought of.
We would muchly appreciate it as we would all love to attend the shower but all know travel and time is sometimes too far and hard to come by in all our busy lives.
A bank account has been set up and if you would like to deposit any amount I’m sure it will help and we would both appreciate it dearly. Inbox for details
Are online baby showers a thing now? There is no party, only a bank account for donations and an address to send parcels to. The pregnant woman has set it all up herself.
This was sent out with reminders to donate and posts to congratulate people who do donate, to all 300 of this person’s friends list. There have also been lots of angry posts about this person’s family not being allowed to see the baby if they don’t do what the pregnant woman wants. I don’t know if she means donating money or something else, but I do know it’s very awkward reading her posts begging for money and reading about her family drama.
I joked years ago that the next evolution in baby showers would be the “cyber” shower where “guests” were deprived of any pretense of hospitality prior to coughing up money or gifts. I’ve learned not to joke because the creativity of entitled and greedy people knows no bounds and if it can be done, someone out there will do it.