Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hailey's Hope Donates 1st Set of Gift Bags

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In April 2010, Hailey’s Hope became a local project of Project Sweet Peas and was started in memory of my daughter, Hailey, who was born with Trisomy 18 on December 1, 2009 and passed away on January 6, 2010.

The initial goal for the first round of gift bag donations from Hailey’s Hope was to donate 20 basic NICU gift bags to The Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama (the hospital where Hailey stayed for 8 days). In April we began sharing the purpose of Hailey’s Hope with Project Sweet Peas and requesting donations through word of mouth, our blog, emails and letters to family and friends, and Facebook.

By June 1, 2010, over 34 individuals, families, and groups had donated to Hailey’s Hope. Over $2000 was given and some of the items donated included over 50 preemie outfits (from the readers of the blog We Are THAT Family), 40 books (from the author Holley Gerth), 10 stuffed animals (from Dayspring), and many, many more beautiful items from family and friends. The support Hailey’s Hope received was a huge blessing and with all of the generous donations, we were able to almost double our initial goal.

On Friday, June 11, 2010, my husband and I drove to The Children’s Hospital to deliver the gift bags from Hailey’s Hope. We were so grateful to be able to drop off and donate 36 basic NICU gift bags in memory of the 36 days Hailey lived. Hailey blessed our lives, and we are thankful to have this opportunity with Project Sweet Peas to bless other families who have the shared, difficult experience of having a baby in a NICU by bringing them a source of comfort and hope.

As we unloaded the bags from the car into the lobby of the hospital, the women working there told me how happy and thankful they were for our donation. One woman commented that she could tell how much love went into each bag, and another said that so many babies are going to be so blessed to be receiving such wonderful things. And we hope that those receiving the bags feel and think the same.

Thank you to everyone for their amazing support! We can’t wait to start fundraising for our next set of donations! For more information on Hailey and Hailey’s Hope you can visit our page on the Project Sweet Peas website, my blog, or Hailey’s Hope’s Facebook page.


Kristin, Hailey’s Mom and Project Leader of Hailey’s Hope


That is such an inspiration! With all the selfishness we see in society today, it's great when you can hear stories of people donating time, money or items to worthy causes.

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