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Friday, January 30, 2009

Preemie Onesie Drive

Thanks to Heather at Mom 4 Life for posting about this mom's blog. Here is what her profile says:

"I'm 27 and a follower of Jesus Christ. I was blessed with a pregnancy in May of 2007. My daughter Carly was born 12 weeks early and lived for 4 months before passing from a heart defect on 3/9/08. Then one month later much to our surprise we were pregnant again. Things were going great and then suddenly things took a turn for the worst when on 11/7/08 our daughter Hannah was born sleeping. Like I said I'm a follower of Christ and I'm leaning on Him for my strength and courage to make it through each and every day."

Here is some info posted on her blog:

This is the first annual preemie onesie drive being held by me (Rachel) and Ryan. We are collecting preemie onesies to donate to the babies that are staying in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). Ryan and I had our first daughter Carly in the NICU for 4 months before passing away from a heart defect. I know as well as other preemie parents of children in the NICU know that it's hard for your child to be there. It's hard in many ways. It's hard as far as gas is concerned because of the many daily trips to the hospital. A lot of times one of the parents (usually the moms) quit working to be at the hospital with their child as much as possible. This makes funds tight. Paying bills can become a struggle. And it makes it hard to buy your new little one the cute outfits that moms want to see their child in. So this is why I'm having this preemie onesie drive. To help parents enjoy seeing their little boy or girl dressed in a cute outfit. Carly got a cute outfit while she was in the NICU as a anonymous donation. It made me feel completely blessed. It was nice for someone to do this for her. Being in the NICU is a very stressful time. Some are only there for days while others are there for months and even over a year. Simple acts of kindness fills peoples hearts with happiness. I'm doing this donation in memory of Carly who passed away on 3/9/08. I will deliver the donated onesies on 3/9/09. And plan to do this as an annual thing.

My heart just goes out to her! I just can't imagine her pain. God has just blessed her with so much strength and now she is thinking of others in her time of pain. She sounds like such an amazing woman of faith! Head on over to her blog to learn more or to donate. She has a mailing address posted along with a listing of stores where you can purchase preemie onesies. You can also make a monetary donation through the site. Details are posted on her blog.

Thanks for taking the time to learn about this wonderful opportunity to help families in their time of need.


Prudent Homemaker said...

Another group that you might be interestd in is Newborns in Need. They make items for burial as well.

Alison said...

Oh, thanks for the info! I checked out your site, btw, and I will definitely be checking back in. We are going to start a nice big garden this year and hopefully get some chickens and a beef cow. Thanks for more encouragement!

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