Help Amelia build a library for the Books for Babies Program

For: Cox South NICU Books for Babies Program
Springfield, MO
Organizer: April Gensler
Help Amelia build a library for the Books for Babies Program (Cox South NICU Books for Babies Program)
$1,072
of $1,550 goal.
Raised by 56 donors
69% Complete
This fundraiser is not active at this time.

The Story

I learned of the Books for Babies program in 2010 when my daughter was born at just 25 weeks of pregnancy.  She weighed a little over 12 ounces. She wasn't expected to make it through the night, but she did. The day she was born I was presented with a book that had her hand and feet prints in it.  My daughter was so sick and so frail.  I was not able to hold her, to bring comfort through my touch.  The hospital gave me the book so that I could read to her.  That I could bond with her.  She could find comfort in my voice and the book gave me words.  
The next month I got another book.  We got one each month we were there, with her prints so I could she how she had grown.  I met amazing families and nurses.  I witnessed miracles go home everyday.  

155 days later I lost my daughter, she was too sick. I cherish everyday I shared with her, reading with her even after I could hold her.  And I took home with me her books, with her prints that I will treasure forever.  

I now have a healthy son and I started reading to him in the womb and he now has a love of reading that makes my heart joyous.  I will always remember and hold dear what Books for Babies did for my family and all the families I came to know and love.  

In honor of my daughter's life I have choosen to hold a book drive for the Books for Babies Program at the hospital where she lived.  As a consultant for Usborne Books & More I have the means to give back just a little of what what given to me. My goal is $1550, our books average $10 and we spent a 155 days in the NICU.  Our company matches 50% of all donations so together we can provide future families with a way to connect and bond with their little ones.  

Thank You in Advance for your Support.  You may never truly know what it means to a parent but I do and it means the world.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 7, 2016

Posted on December 7, 2016

I don't have enough words to show my appreciation and gratitude for the support. The drive is officially closed, getting the books ordered.  I will post another update once we are ready to deliver !

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