When I was a kid, my dad and my stepmom had twin boys. Michael and Matthew. They were born too soon, and one of them lived only three months; the other lived four months. They never left the NICU. I never got to meet them or feel their little fingers curl around mine for the first time. I could see the heartache sink into my dad’s skin and frame and settle there. I don’t think it ever really left. I was only a child, and I felt helpless to do anything.
This year on February 11th as I was preparing the post to celebrate the birth of my first daughter, a beautiful lady that I know was giving birth too soon to twin babies. Again, I was helpless. The babies were born at only 24 weeks in a much more technologically advanced NICU than my baby brothers, yet their young lives were still so fragile coming into this world 4 months too early. One sweet little angel held on for ten days but could not survive the infections that took over.
The other twin is still fighting for life in the NICU. Every day is an accomplishment. Life still hangs in the balance. There is surgery to come and eight more weeks in the hospital before this lovely baby can come home to the nursery all cozy and waiting. Meanwhile, Mommy and Daddy had to return to work. Everyday, they go to and from work and the hospital and home several times – exhausted back and forth.
Having recently had a baby myself with a hospital stay of only 4 days, I can say that hospital stays can get quite expensive even when everything is fully covered. There is the expense of gas for family traveling back and forth, meals for family, and additional medical supplies when you get home all add up. This is where I can finally offer some help, and hopefully some of you can too.
Through the wonderful children’s book organization Barefoot Books, I am running a fundraiser for the next week. The fundraiser will run beginning today (Earth Day) through next Saturday, April 30th. One hundred percent of the commissions earned from the purchase of books through this fundraiser will be donated to the family I described above to help them with their needs while their baby fights for life in the NICU. It may be cliché at this point, but that’s okay. It does take a village to raise a child.
With this fundraiser there is an opportunity to make a double donation by purchasing a book to donate to the baby in the NICU (baby gets the book & the commission). This baby loves to hear stories. Isn’t that sweet? It’s amazing how preemies respond to human touch and sounds. We can start building a love connection to books for this little baby right now.
If you have small children, check out some of the fantastic books they might enjoy and purchase something for them. If not, some other ideas for people who don’t have children are to purchase books for your church, a school, a baby shower, or as early gifts for Christmas angel gifts this year.
Books credited to this fundraiser must be purchased only via this specific link reached by clicking this green Barefoot Books fundraiser link below.
Fundraiser or not, we can all send our thoughts and prayers to help raise this little baby up from spending Earth Day in the NICU to going home day with family for a full and happy long life. Thanks so much fellow villagers!
P.S. If you know this family or know of another family who had babies in the NICU who might be interested in helping out, please repost or Tweet to get the word out. Thanks!