Finally have a minute to tell you all about the fabulous delivery of blankets to the Special Delivery Unit at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
As many of you know, this is a unique unit in the Children’s Hospital where mothers delivering special needs infants (including those with congenital heart, brain, spine, chest and/or abdomen abnormalities) can be under the same roof as their children and cared for together - and Dads don’t have to divide their time between Mom at one hospital and their newborn at another hospital.
The reception that our blankets have gotten is phenomenal! Like so many other centers, the budget for the SDU has been hit particularly hard, and the lovely package of items that they had originally planned to give to these families has been eliminated. All they are able to give them now (thanks to a generous donor) is a picture frame.
But, thanks to all of your efforts, they get a blanket with their picture frame! Sadly, this is all that some parents will ever take home, so it is particularly meaningful. I wonder if we could expand a bit what we write on our cards (sort of a condensed version of what we used to write in the little notepads) as they’ve indicated that the parents were particularly appreciative of the little notes. What does everyone think?
Also, there are about 20 deliveries per month at the SDU. Of course, we can’t make that many blankets, and we certainly are not responsible for having a handmade item for each of their patients, but if anyone is interested in making hats, booties, thumbless mittens, etc. they would be [I]most[/I] appreciative, particularly for the holiday season. They mentioned that very small sizes are especially needed.
Happy Thanksgiving to all, and thanks so much for all that you do for the special children at CHOP and Bridgeport Hospital. You should feel very proud! I know this group is one of the many things for which I am thankful.