Speaking for Moms & Babies wants to wish everyone a “Merry NICU Christmas”- it can still be merry, despite the circumstances.
My elves have been pretty busy this month, bringing holiday cheer to families who are spending December in the hospital.
It began on December 7th, when I took 9 of my elves to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital to deliver toys. I have a total of 98 elves this year. It changes each fall. My elves collected and donated a total of 140 toys this year. Each toy was chosen because it would be perfect for a child spending the holidays in the hospital. They also collected toys for the siblings of the hospitalized children, because they knew that those kids would also be feeling down this season.
Instead of taking the sleigh, we decided it was best to take a small school bus. We loaded that small bus up with boxes of toys and then we were off. I should also mention that my elves personally decorated the collection boxes.
Upon arriving at the hospital, we were greeted some of our other elf friends and they spoke to us about the kinds of illnesses and injuries treated by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Once we unloaded our toys, my small group of elves were treated to a special tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Emergency Room. One of Santa’s medically trained elves (a top neonatologist) walked us around the NICU and explained to the younger elves what it means when a baby is born prematurely. They even got to see a few tiny babies in their incubators waiting to grow enough to go home. It was a special day for my elves.
Then on December 23rd, I took 3 of my 4 personal elves to the hospital to deliver more holiday gifts and cheer. My mother-in-law (and her group of elves who specialize in quilting) made several beautiful quilts that are perfectly sized to cover the top of an incubator, while providing some beautiful scenery for the babies and parents to look at as the patiently wait for their baby to come home. The NICU nurses often argue over these quilts when I deliver them, as they tear through the bags looking for the perfect quilt for “their” baby.
We also delivered several boxes of scrapbooking supplies to the NICU scrapbooking group.
I also walk the NICU floor when I am there to see if there are any parents in need of support or any that are just looking for a hug from another parent who has walked in their shoes.
As you can see, my elves and I have been quite busy this season so we will be taking a social media break until the new year begins.
If you currently have a baby in the NICU over the holidays, please read these two older posts of mine that may help you smile:
We wish you a “Merry NICU Christmas” and Happy New Year!
Check back here early in 2019 as we have some major projects in the works.
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