"Operation Baby Shower" at Waste Management Phoenix Open helps military moms

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- As Arizona deals with temperatures in the mid 70's, it also means lots of people getting out for the Waste Management Phoenix Open to enjoy the weather and activities.

On the second day of the golf tournament, military mothers were treated to a huge baby shower. The mothers say they had a great time, and the celebration was filled with great food, apple cider instead of champagne, and a whole lot of goodies for the moms and moms to be.

36 families were invited to the annual party. During the party, dubbed the Birdies of the Brave at the TPC Golf Course, Leann Morrissey says each mom receives about $1,000 in baby supplies.

"Has everything that a mom would need to get started with the baby,' said Morrissey. "Toys and books and feeding items and a diaper bag."

That's in addition to bigger items, like diaper genies and bouncer seats. There was also a surprise guest appearance by Michael Phelps' wife, Nicole Phelps.

"Being a mom takes a lot of work and it takes a lot of time, and it's cool to be here to honor them when they may not be able to be at home with their family and friends having a massive shower like this," said Phelps.

A lot of the families are separated by deployment or extended training or going through a lot of extra stress. A lot of them are active duty moms themselves. In addition to the food, drinks and gifts, the moms got to play games and mingle with fellow moms who serve our country or have husbands who serve.

Phelps also said she will never truly understand what it's like to have a husband deployed.

"Michael was gone during the Olympics, and yes he travels, which is a little bit different then with experience, but it's hard when your husband is gone, and it's hard when they're not by your side helping you," said Phelps.

So, she can still relate to these moms, being a mom of two herself.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average length of deployment for the Air Force is more than four months, and for the Army, it's more than nine months.