Supporting Families in the NICU
When we thought about starting a family, we couldn't have written our story the way it happened. Our son, Gavin, arrived 6 weeks early, weighing 4lb 8oz. He was born with multiple birth defects, one of which was a disconnect between his esophagus & stomach (TE Fistula). He underwent surgery on his second day of life, and we spent 40 days in the NICU. The Lord walked with us each step of the way. While we were there we received homemade items from families who walked the NICU road before us. Those items, even the simplest ones, meant the world to us!
We never could have predicted the journey that we would embark on in the NICU, and it is out of our journey that our passion for NICU families was born. Since LifeSong Ministry was founded in 2013, we have been blessed with the opportunity to support over 600 families across the nation through Bags & Boxes of Love. The Bags of Love contain items that provide comfort, as well as items that are often left at home. The three main hospitals we work with are: the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's, Minneapolis Children's, and Maple Grove. We work closely with hospital social workers to connect with parents who are in need of additional support. We have provided these families with gas & grocery gift cards, cribs, car seats, and strollers. Each family is going through their own unique experience, so we strive to make each donation fit their needs.
We have also found that there are many older siblings who visit the hospital with their parents. While the parents are focused on the newest addition to their family, we provide the siblings with some entertainment through Sibling Bags of Love. The items can be a simple coloring book, puzzle, or a flashlight. The goal is that they would feel connected & cared for.
Our hope is to continue expanding our reach, so that more families will feel the love and support that we longed for during our time in the NICU. Consider donating today - every dollar helps us reach more and more families!
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