The Big Lot has handed over a big check to help fund Mercy Kids’ Betty and Bobby Allison neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
For the third year in a row, Reliable Chevrolet, Elite Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti of Springfield held the “May is for Mercy” promotion, pledging to donate $50 for every vehicle sold during the month of May. For Reliable Chevrolet’s Brent Singley, this fundraiser has special meaning.
“I am blessed we have three healthy young men as my sons, but I will always remember the time two of them spent in the NICU,” he explained. Reliable presented the $17,500 donation during a check presentation Monday.
Phase II of the NICU construction, which wrapped up in December of 2014, expanded the unit to 46 beds. The former 28-bed NICU was one large room with infant beds sharing space with family members, scrub areas and the nurses’ stations. The new unit features individual family rooms – including larger “twin” rooms for multiple-birth families. Large sliding glass doors and the latest technology mean nurses can still keep a constant watch over the babies, but families have the room they need to sit quietly with their newborns.