Our NICU Clothing Drive: A New Meaning
I have had the pleasure of meeting some of you, but for those I have not met, I am Andy’s wife, Kate. When we started the NICU Clothing Drive two years ago we had no idea the deeper meaning it would have for us today.
When our daughter was born last June, we quickly realized something was wrong. Although she was full-term, she was so tiny. She had trouble breathing and feeding. We were told that she would have to be admitted to the NICU. Andy and I held her and kissed her and told her we loved her before they took her away. It was one of the few times in her first three months of life that we would be able to hold her without wires, tubes, and alarms.
The idea for our clothing drive was born from the idea that dressing NICU babies in baby clothing helps parents bond with their little ones. Research shows that parental bonding and closeness benefits long-term outcomes for both parents and babies. As a NICU mom, I can tell you how intimidating and overwhelming the tubes and wires can be. I couldn’t feed her (we had a tube for that), it was difficult to hold her (because of all the tubes and wires), and play was hindered (again, wires). It is hard to not think of my baby as sick or hurting because of the enormity of the medical environment. But, something as simple as putting her in a cute dress or romper gave me that little bit of normalcy I needed. Decorating her bed in a pretty blanket made her crib feel a little more like home. I could see my beautiful baby girl through all of those wires and tubes.
If you have gently used preemie or newborn-sized baby clothes that you can donate to our drive, it would be so greatly appreciated by a mom, dad, grandparent, or aunt of a little one. To donate please see the information below:
WRAPPED IN LOVE: a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Clothing Drive
Give the comforting embrace of warm clothing to Jersey City Medical Center Barnabas Health’s smallest patients-the infants of the NICU.
These babies face many challenges. Warm, comfortable and appropriate clothing shouldn’t be one of them. With a small but important donation, new or gently used clothing will help these small fighters concentrate on their biggest goal-going home
Please help us gather the most needed items below.
Long Sleeve Onesies | Pajama Onesies | Pants
Mittens | Socks | Hats
Blankets | Infant Swings | Boppy Pillows
In-kind donations, or gift cards are preferred. For your convenience a Buy Buy Baby registry has been established.
Collection Time Frame : NOW through the May 15th
Donating to : Jersey City Medical Center Barnabas Health – newborns in the NICU
Drive : New and/or gently used preemie and/or newborn clothing
Drop Off : Keller Williams City Life Realty | 100 Washington St. Hoboken, NJ 07030
Monetary Donations : Instead of a monetary donations we ask that you shop, or purchase a gift card, through our online baby registry at BuyBuyBaby.com