When babies are born too soon and stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, they often live in a diaper for the first few months. So, the first time parents put clothes on their preemie baby, it’s a huge milestone.
Parents don’t always have preemie-size clothing, so the nurses like to have them on hand. That’s why the Girls on the Run team from Woerther Elementary chose to donate preemie outfits along with handmade notes of encouragement for the parents of babies in the NICU at Mercy Children’s Hospital.
Notes with messages such as “Stay strong,” “Shine bright little one,” “Be brave” and more were included with washed clothing in individual bags. Girls got to present their donation to the nurses and doctors at Mercy Children’s Hospital and ask questions about premature babies.
“I was touched to be part of this today,” said Pat Eck, executive director of Mercy Children’s Hospital. “The time the girls spent making notes and putting together the gifts will go a long way to support the parents in the NICU. We are blessed to have the girls think of and care about our neonates.”