Eight sophomore girls, Mrs. Christopher and Mrs. Brandon, spent four days during GoWeek partnering with a non-profit organization called Hand To Hold. This non-profit offers “in-person” and “virtual” support groups and resources for NICU families. This international advocacy group reaches out to moms wrestling with the dire needs of their babies in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Hand To Hold provides tangible resources—-and we were invited to be a tiny part of that.
Our experiences today opened our eyes to the needs of moms who have newborn babies born in great need. Hand To Hold is a non-profit organization holding up the tender needs of moms with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our service projects today provided tangible support, allowing moms and babies to bond. Our great joy of creating 500 “Scent Cloths” met their great need of holding onto little lives. We were a team of 8 Sophomore girls.
Hand to Hold is a nonprofit organization that aids families through the NICU stay and infant loss by contributing great resources to the whole family. This nonprofit organization also provides one-on-one mentoring from someone who has been through the same devastating situation. During this week, we have been fortunate enough to work on a variety of different tasks that all contribute toward Hand to Hold. Today, we stitched together several hundred cloths with the “Hand to Hold” logo to give to both the mom and preemie for them to feel connected. We love helping and can’t wait to contribute for the rest of the week! – Mary Morgan Brumley
PS Our photo with the giraffe is symbolic of the giraffe incubator—- an innovative technology that provides an exceptional environment for preemies in the NICU.
Hand To Hold helps families before, during, and after a NICU stay and infant loss by providing powerful resources. Eight Hyde Park High School students created 1,321 “milestone” necklaces for moms of babies in the NICU. They also assembled over 500 Welcome Packages to be distributed to NICU’s in Austin area hospitals.