The Issue: Babies Born Premature
Nearly 500,000 babies are born prematurely every year – including hundreds in the Pittsburgh area – according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preemies miss out on important growth and development that occurs during the final weeks of pregnancy, which can cause them to arrive underweight and with underdeveloped organs, presenting a variety of challenges for new parents.
The Campaign: Providing Support for Parents of Premature Babies
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Zoe’s New Beginnings to provide welcome home baskets for parents of babies born premature. For every $12 raised, the organization can provide one basket containing diapers, appropriately sized clothing, hand sanitizer, a blanket, a novelty item, and information on how to keep both baby and mother healthy.
Zoe’s New Beginnings
Rebecca and Chris Dittman understand the challenges facing parents of premature infants all too well. In 2007, their daughter Zoe was born after just 32 weeks, presenting difficulties such as health complications, baby clothes that didn’t fit, and a great deal of stress on the part of the new parents. When friends and family rushed in to offer their support, Rebecca and Chris recognized an opportunity to give back. Named in honor of their daughter, Zoe’s New Beginnings aims to ease the transition for other parents of preemies during their first few days at home by presenting them with complimentary gift baskets filled with items such as diapers, hand sanitizer, appropriately sized clothing, blankets, and other essential items. Working through Pittsburgh-area NICUs, the organization manages to distribute more than 150 gift baskets each month.
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