By Mercy's Madelynn Innes
When a child is born into a needy family, they may only have a shirt and diaper to wear when they leave the hospital. Mercy co-workers in clinic registration are doing what they can to change that scenario.
"So far, we've made three donations of clothes and other necessities to Newborns in Need," says Carolyn Pinegar, senior clinic registration specialist. "Once you have been there and seen the work that they do and the need they are fulfilling, you can’t help but want to go back and do more!"
Newborns In Need is a non-profit agency that provides basic necessities to agencies and hospitals serving premature, ill or impoverished newborns across the Ozarks. Volunteers provide supplies and then fill layettes with items needed for a newborn during the first few weeks of life. Besides toiletries like baby wash and wipes, each layette includes sleepers, diapers, bibs, bottles, pacifiers and thermometers, as well as a Bible and a toy. Working from home or at the agency's facility in Springfield, volunteers also sew, knit and quilt warm blankets and baby afghans to add to the layettes.
Last month, Carolyn and other Mercy co-workers volunteered one Saturday at the center, preparing layettes. "We plan to do another volunteer day in September," Carolyn said.
As part of Mercy Springfield Communities' 125th anniversary celebration, co-workers are striving to collectively volunteer 125,000 hours to area agencies like Newborns In Need. "Although Mercy's 125 year volunteer celebration ends in November, our team plans to still support and volunteer for long after that."