Friday, June 28, 2013

Why Support Preemie Prints?

Our Mission Is To Share Hope With NICU families &
We Can't Do It Without YOU!!

This is our third year of operating in the Brazos Valley and beyond. Our mission is to support NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) families who have babies born prematurely or critically ill, as well as those who who've had a pregnancy or infant loss. We call these babies our "angel babies", and we know they are with us. 

With an amazing team of volunteers and through the help of generous donors, we have been able to offer a variety of support programs in the last three years. These programs have helped to support hundreds of NICU families. Our programs range from our national charitable photography outreach to our local Brazos Valley support programs where we host monthly NICU support meetings at our local hospitals - St. Joseph's and The College Station Medical Center. We have recently partnered with the newest NICU in College Station - Scott & White Hospital where we will begin hosting meetings soon. When you visit the new neonatal intensive care unit at Scott & White you will see our inspiring NICU Wall Of Hope where Preemie Prints pictures of NICU graduates will hang to "share hope" with current NICU families. Our Houston, Tx chapter also just started hosting NICU support meetings for Houston families. We work with our local hospitals to support families while they journey through the difficult experience of having a baby in the hospital. 

Our sewing division regularly donates handmade and other items to our local NICUs and their families. We have an amazing group of volunteers making tiny preemie outfits, crocheting little hats, and stuffing adorable giraffes - all in an effort to "share hope" with NICU families. We receive many donations from local & national donors, as well as businesses, and we are thankful for their help. Every single donated item shares hope with a family. It reminds them they are not alone. 

In addition to our amazing team of photography volunteers who are sharing hope with families across the nation; nationally we offer online support. We do this through private NICU family groups, email and phone outreach, and through our up to date blog where we share inspiration with families in addition to information. Sometimes all a NICU mom needs is to read about another mothers journey and again to be reminded she is not alone. 

We are working towards our future goal of opening The Brazos Valley NICU Support House, which will be a place for NICU families to stay & utilize in a variety of ways. This will be a place for out of town families to stay overnight at no charge - to cut down on traveling costs and time. Current NICU families can relax and visit, others may want check out books from our NICU library, or just need some extra support from a volunteer. In addition it will have a sanitary preemie-playroom for NICU grads who need to avoid public play places for a while due to their still developing imune system.  These are just a few ways our support house will function. 

We also donate formula, preemie outfits, and other items to NICU families in need when we have items available. We have established the largest NICU/preemie support network in the Brazos Valley and host a yearly event dedicated to supporting preemie, NICU, and angel families. 

So if you are looking for an organization to get involved with, volunteer, support, donate to, or sponsor please choose us and the families we help. An increase in donations and support will only increase our reach. We welcome any and all new or gently used preemie clothes. We welcome new donations of hand sanitizer, baby blankets, preemie hats, books about the NICU (or preemie) experience, and baby fabric in flannel, cotton, and fleece. 

We are still in the very early stages of growth and need continued support from our community - both locally & nationally. There are many ways you can help us, just please contact us and let us know you are interested. 

Donations can be made online by typing in an amount and clicking the green button on the right side of our site >>>>>>> 

Donations can also be mailed. 

God Bless & Thank You!

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