Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kiernan's Kindness Delivers!

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Kiernan's Kindness donates gift bags to St. Joesph's NICU and Scottsdale Shea's PICU in Arizona and is led by Julie, Kiernan's mom, and co-led by Danielle. In total this past week, Kiernan's Kindness donated 65 bags to the two hospitals thanks to the help of the Pepsi Refresh grant!! Here are the bags waiting to be delivered:

On July 22nd, Kiernan's Kindness made their first delivery to Scottsdale Shea Hospital (where Danielle's son spent time at in the PICU). They were able to donate 26 long term bags, 5 breastfeeding bags and 2 item specific bags.

Here is a picture of Kiernan with some of the bags that were donated:

Julie had these words to say about the first day of deliveries: "[The hospital has] a 26 bed level 3 NICU so they don't get a lot of publicity or outside help since they are a smaller NICU. It was an amazing delivery. They took us directly into the NICU and I got to hand deliver 2 bags to 2 families of preemies. The first one I met was a mom who's husband had to move to Georgia without her while the baby is here in the NICU. She was born at 24 weeks and.... lost her twin at 6 weeks gestation....The strength of this mother was just tremendous and to know that I got to give her this gift of support from us was HUGE...This mom was so greatful and over joyed with just the simple fact of getting a PSP bag. Kiernan got to go with me and get his picture taken with the babies. He would NOT stop staring and smiling at them. It was almost like he just knew something we didn't....I cannot tell you the amazing feeling it was to do this today."

Here is a picture of Julie & Kiernan delivering a bag to one of the mom's and her baby:

Kiernan's Kindness made their other delivery to St. Joseph's (where Kiernan spent time at), and they were able to donate 34 bags. They had another amazing experience with this delivery. Below is an excerpt from an article written by St. Joseph's Hospital about the deliveries (to view it in its entirety on their website click here):

"Family donates to support families with children in the ICU

Julie, Kory, and Kiernan Leonard of Gilbert recently donated Project Sweet Pea bags to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

The Leonards spent time at St. Joseph’s when their son, Kiernan, was born on August 20, 2008 with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and a chromosomal defect. Kiernan spent nearly a month in intensive care at St. Joseph’s, with his family by his side. The Leonards said despite the trying situation, their experience with the staff at St. Joseph’s during this difficult time was great. After leaving the hospital, they wanted to find a way to support other families going through similar situations..."

For more information on Kiernan's Kindess please visit its page on the Project Sweet Pea website by clicking here.

Last but not least, Kiernan's Kindness was also featured in the local paper for their recent deliveries thanks in part to the Pepsi Refresh grant money. Here are two pictures of the article (click the image for a larger view):


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