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With Christmas just around the corner, it’s easy to begin feeling overwhelmed. Making sure presents are bought for everyone on your list, preparing to host loved ones, having the perfect decorations, baking all those Christmas goodies, and finding the time to give back is time consuming!
With everything we have going on this time of year, it’s easy to forget about those families who are struggling. This year in particular, my heart is with the families who are spending time in the NICU during the holidays. As most of you know, we spent a week with our daughter in the NICU when she was born, and it was one of the most difficult weeks of our lives. Many, many families spend much more time in there than a week, and they often take an enormous emotional and financial hit.
Even with amazing doctors, nurses, and hospital staff looking out for you, it is still an incredibly difficult situation for families to be in. Imagine trying to bond with your newborn baby who is hooked up to wires and machines, while constant alarms are going off around you.
When I learned about Meijer and Huggies teaming up for the fourth consecutive year to donate to the National Diaper Bank through the Huggies No Baby Unhugged Donation Program, I knew I wanted to get involved. If you aren’t familiar with this program, if you purchase a pack of Huggies from Meijer stores through January 2nd, Meijer will donate $1 of every purchase and Huggies will donate a day’s worth of diapers to the National Diaper Bank. That’s a total of $10,000 from Meijer and 150,000 diapers from Huggies that can be going to families in need! And, if you have the Huggies Rewards App, you can donate your rewards points to the National Diaper Bank as well. With diapers being one of the essential needs of babies, and little assistance available to help families purchase them, this is such an amazing program with an incredibly important cause.
Purchasing Huggies at Meijer is an easy way to give back this holiday season, but I wanted to take it a step further. While shopping, I decided to pick up a few extra items that I knew would be appreciated by families in the NICU. The first stop was the baby aisle in Meijer!
With the Huggies Little Snugglers I purchased, as well as the Huggies Natural Care Wipes, I decided to put together a care package for a NICU family. These are so easy to put together, and with the convenience of shopping at Meijer, you can pick it all up in one stop!
When considering what would be most useful to families in the NICU, it’s important to think about the state of these individuals. Many of them are driving long distances from their homes to the hospital to be with their little ones. They often have to stay in hotels, grab food from a restaurant or the hospital cafeteria, sleep in recliners or on sofas in their baby’s hospital room, and spend hours sitting in a room listening to the same beep from the monitor over and over. These are not ideal conditions, but families don’t think twice about being there for their baby who is trying to get better. Not only are the conditions less than comfortable, but families are also dealing with the emotional aspect of having their child in the hospital. Watching your baby struggle and feeling completely helpless is something that no parent should ever have to experience. But, unfortunately, many do everyday. That’s why it’s so important to also include baby items, such as books, toys, blankets, and songs that will help the families bond with the baby in those difficult circumstances.
With all of that in mind, here is an easy tutorial for assembling NICU care packages:
NICU Care Packages Tutorial
Step 1: Call your local hospital and discuss any regulations they may have about donations (i.e. what is/isn’t allowed in the NICU).
Step 2: Decide how much you would like to spend on a care package and purchase items from the list below:
Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers
Huggies Natural Care Wipes
Book of crossword puzzles
Restaurant gift card
Deck of playing cards
Fragrance and dye free lotion
CD of lullabies
Reusable water bottle
Step 3: Assemble the care packages.
Consider making this a community service project for your club, church, or business. The larger the group participating, the more supplies that can be purchased and packages assembled!
Step 4: Deliver the care packages to your local NICU.
These care packages are so quick to put together! You can easily pick up a few extra items while you’re out finishing up your Christmas shopping. Such a simple act can have a monumental impact on a family in need this holiday season. Do you believe in the Power of Hugs? If one hug could take away a baby’s pain, would you do it? Well, then, what are you waiting for?!