Layton's Legacy Card Drive & Fundraiser for NICU Parents

For: NICU Parents
Minneapolis, MN
Organizer: Lea Lawson
Layton's Legacy Card Drive & Fundraiser for NICU Parents (NICU Parents)
of $5,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 418 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

We were given 5 months with our son Layton, thanks to the level 4 NICU & amazing medical staff at The University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. There are 50 beds in that NICU, and it is ALWAYS full. In honor of Layton's birthday, we are raising money in order to purchase substantial Starbuck's giftcards that can be given to these parent's as they find themselves thrust into NICU life. 

Why Starbucks? There is one just across the street from the hospital, and I can attest that some days you just need to step out of the hospital for a moment. Get a breath of fresh air, see some natural light & regroup. I was given a $20 Starbucks card that had been donated to the NICU during the time Layton was a patient, and I'm pretty sure I cried when I opened it. My son was getting million dollar care, and I was there day in & day out doing everything I could for him. It was stressful, scary, and one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. Getting that gift card felt like someone was also thinking about us, and trying to help take care of us too.

I can only do so much as just one person, but together we can accomplish SO much more! Plus - we are making it fun! We have a huge blog hop going on in Layton's honor, with tons of amazing inspiration! There are over $2000 in prizes, sponsored by some of the most amazing stamping & papercrafting companies in the industry! 

For every $5 donated, you will get your name put into the prize drawing. Please get all of the blog hop, sponsor & prize details on my Layton's Legacy Card Drive & Fundraiser for NICU Parents post. This is the main post for the entire blog hop, and you will find all the links you need! {Please note - if you do not want to be put into the prize drawing, please just notate that on your donation.}

Thank you for helping me make this dream come true, and to be a small blessing to NICU parents! Prizes will be drawn on May 19, 2018. The Starbucks giftcards will be delivered the week of June 9th in celebration of what would have been Layton's 2nd birthday! I will be sure to post updates here & on my website as everything happens!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 20, 2018

Posted on May 20, 2018

On the final day, the total got pushed over the 12,000 mark. Thank you all SO much! I know I keep saying this...but I just want you all to know that you will be making such a difference in the life of a NICU parent. Thank you so much for your generosity! 

Considering the fundraiser was still live all day, I decided to postpone announcing the giveaway winners until tomorrow! Thank you for understanding! 

Have a great night!

Posted on May 14, 2018

Posted on May 14, 2018

Wow, everyone. I am almost at a loss for words. My initial goal was my "dream goal", and never in a million years did I think I would surpass it by so much. I can't even begin to share my gratitude....there just aren't words. Thank you so much for honoring Layton in this way, and helping me keep his memory alive.

I have more than enough to get a $50 Starbucks giftcard for each bed in the NICU, and now want to share another plan for the overage. Many, many, many parents have to drive back & forth to the NICU from their hometown. This is expensive, whether they live 20 minutes, 2 hours or even further away. In addition to the Starbucks giftcards, I have decided to purchase gas cards in substantial amounts to help lift the burden of the gas bills these parents incur. I plan on doing a combination of Super America cards as they are rampant in the cities, and Holiday cards, as they hit more of the rural areas that surround us. 

Once again - thank you SO much for your generosity. My heart is so very full.

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