Hugs for Preemies in Yerushalayim

For: The NICU babies in Shaare Zedek Hospital
Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel
Organizer: Liba Zuber
Hugs for Preemies in Yerushalayim (The NICU babies in Shaare Zedek Hospital)
$2,965
of $2,500 goal.
Raised by 40 donors
100% Complete

The Story

Hugs for Preemies in Yerushalayim

Tiny, fragile babies, all alone.

Parents have to leave their little tiny fragile babies in the NICU, knowing they won't be held until the mother or father returns. The baby will probably cry, but no one is there to hold him. The nurses are overworked and busy. They take care of the babies’ physical needs, working to keep them alive. They don’t have time to hold and cuddle these tiny, precious babies when they cry. But the tears of these babies – and their parents – could be alleviated with a simple chessed (act of lovingkindness).

The Zaky is a weighted, hand-shaped positioning device that makes the baby feel like he is being held. Scented by the parent, the Zaky lets the babies smell love, not just sterile hospital scents. They feel the weight of The Zaky hand on their backs, they feel it holding their heads – and they feel safe and secure. The tiny babies sleep peacefully, expending their energy on growing and breathing, not on crying and fussing. Hospitalization is shortened and trauma reduced.

In honor of my daughter Yenty, a 2.5-lb. (1160-gram) preemie who is now six months old, I would like to provide other babies in the NICU in Shaare Zedek with the same benefit that we appreciated so greatly. I would like other mothers and fathers to tuck their babies into these “spare hands” before they take leave for the night. I’d love for them to use The Zaky for those babies who aren't stable enough to be taken out of their incubators and held at all.

The Zaky "hands" are clinically proven to help premature babies. The Zaky reduces the babies’ stress, helps them remember to breathe, helps keep their heart rates steady and allows them to sleep and grow peacefully.

We need you to help us help these babies.

The NICU in Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem has 60 babies, and each of them could use a set of Zaky hands. One set is $99, plus we have to get them here from the United States. Right now, our goal is to provide each of the 20 sickest and neediest preemies with a set of Zakys.

Please help make this a reality.

more information about The Zaky - http://nurturedbydesign.com/en/thezaky/parents-hospital.php

If you would prefer to donate via Paypal please use this link:  https://www.paypal.me/hugsforbabies

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 24, 2017

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Posted on December 24, 2017

The Zakys are here!!  We picked up two large, international size, suitcases full of Zakys from Ben Gurion Airport tonight.

Thank you all!!

As soon as the head nurse from the NICU is back from vacation and able to do the in service training on Zaky use and care we will be excited to deliver them to the hospital so they can comfort and hold the little babies. 


Posted on December 12, 2017

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Posted on December 12, 2017

Thank you!!!

We have 76 pounds of Zakys, two large international suitcases and a lot to be proud of on their way to Baltimore. If things continue according to shipping estimates, they should be packed up and leave for Israel a bit ahead of schedule.  Their flight was moved up to December 23rd!!  I am so excited.  Less than two weeks until they are due to arrive.  

We have a family traveling and willing to bring another suitcase full in March and Nurtured by Design has offered us free shipping to Chicago for that shipment as well, so you can rest assured that any donations will go fully towards comforting babies.  

Thank you all!!  I am so excited and pleased.  


Posted on December 10, 2017

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Posted on December 10, 2017

Everyone here is so pleased and excited.  The NICU staff is waiting with happy anticipation for the Zakys.  The plan is to place our order tomorrow.  As of this update, we have funds for 29 pairs of Zakys.  That is 29 babies at a time who can benefit from your generous contributions!  

Obviously, if we raise more money we will order more, now and/or in the future.    

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  

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