Sunday, November 30, 2008

More thank yous...

Here are the card companies that helped me make Thank You cards to include in the gift packs for Thanksgiving. Check them out! I need loads more cards for Christmas, so if you make Thank You cards please email me to participate! ----->

Saturday, November 29, 2008

First big donations for Christmas

And now on to Christmas!! :)

I should be getting mail here in the next few days with some extra items, like a few more outfits and some hand knit caps, but for now this is what I've received for the Christmas bags:

1. 8 donated preemie layettes from These little white outfits are perfect! unisex, built-in mittens, and a little matching cap.

2. 30 donated packages from Valarie at Fodeo has donated 30 disposable cameras to give to the parents in the hospital. it is a luxury for parents to be able to spend time with their babies in the hospital, I was only able to see Henry about 2 hours a day and we even lived close by. So these cameras will be able to be used by the parents AND nurses. The best part though?! Is the service donated with it! Fodeo is a service that will make a fully edited custom video montage of the pictures!! This donation is SO AMAZING! Go have a look at the website to see what I'm talking about.

3. 16 bottles of full sized hand sanitizers from Bath & Body Works. I took advantage of some really amazing post-Thanksgiving sale flyer I got via email, and was able to purchase $117 worth of stuff for $48! So I used donated money to purchase thsoe right away.

I still need many things, like hats, blankets, clothes, candy, coffee, and a few extra bags - but I'll chat about that in a few days after I get the last of the mail I'm expecting. :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today's Delivery - Thanksgiving 2008

Today was the day! The gifts I made with personal and donated items were delivered by hand by Henry, Philip, Catherine & I. Catherine (my friend!) took the palce of my husband, he'll come with me for the Christmas delivery. We spent about an hour in the SBCU (Special Baby Care Unit) chatting with the nurses, looking at babies, showing Henry off, and Philip even got to hand deliver 3 of the bags to mommies who were there with their tiny new babies.

Below are some photos, make sure you click at the bottom to get to all 3 pages of photographs. Next time (at Christmas) I will take pictures of us actually *in* the hospital, which I got too distracted to do today!

I need to pack for our Thanksgiving holiday, which begins tomorrow. When I return I'll post about the next steps, and what we need to do for the Christmas deliveries!! It is going to be good, but I still need TONS of help!

Contents of each bag:
1 bag of coffee
1 chocolate box
1 full sized hand sanitizer from Bath & Body Works
1 hand knitted preemie hat
2 pairs preemie socks
1 hand tied bag of hershey kisses
1 envelope of 5-6 handmade thank you cards from Etsy members


And thank you to everyone who helped SO MUCH with these gifts! When I get back from my vacation I'll be sure to include links here to all of you contributors who have shops or blogs! But for now... I SERIOUSLY need to get ready for our trip!! :)

Thank You to the nurses

"For every holiday you've spent in the hospital, for every hour of sleep you've missed, for every life you've saved, for every loss you've felt, for every parent you've helped, for every kiss you've given, for every life you've touched, for every hope you've given, and for everyone else who has forgotten to say it or didn't know how.... THANK YOU."

That is what I wrote inside the Thank You note given to the nurses at the NICU/SBCU at our hospital, the nurses who kept Henry alive almost two years ago. Today I am making my first gift deliveries. Gifts to go to the parents who have preemies in the hospital over Thanksgiving. Parents who want more than anything to be thanksful and happy and showing their baby off to the world, but instead are caught worrying and torn between life inside the hospital and the life going on outside those walls.

This website is going to chronicle this gift giving progress, mainly so I stop congesting my family picture site with it. My once-small project has grown into a much bigger one this year, and my hope is that it does nothing BUT grow and that I can help more and more parents each holiday season, and bring a little smile to that many more people who are so hungry for one.