2014 was an incredible year for Project Sweet Peas! Thanks to the helping hands and hearts of hundreds, we were able to accomplish so much!
We first wanted to extend our appreciation to our Project Coordinators, Board of Directors, Project Volunteers, and many more who work tirelessly day to day to further the mission of Project Sweet Peas. Without their efforts, thousands of NICU families would not have received the support they so desperately needed. Without their passion, hundreds of families faced with the unimaginable experience of saying goodbye to their baby, would not have received comfort during some of the darkest of days.
In 2014 we delivered 1,364 NICU Care Packages, 520 Holiday Care Packages, and over 12,000 misc. items to families experiencing a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit. In addition to this support, we launched the first ever Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness (NICA) Month thanks to our sponsors and other supporters. This special month honored the experience of NICU families and those who are dedicated to caring for them. Through this initiative we began accepting gifts to build a NICU Family Assistance Fund to benefit NICU families nationally who are enduring financial hardship. We hope to launch this program in Summer 2015. To learn more about this initiative and to make a gift, please visit the nicuawareness website: http://www.nicuawareness.org/
For families experiencing the loss of their baby, we provided over 250 memory boxes and hosted Pregnancy and Infant Loss Vigils that honored 1,038 precious babies. Through these programs we fostered both healing and remembrance for the families and made a small difference in their lives.
To date, we have provided 8,395 Care Packages, 1,380 Memory Boxes, 2,151 Holiday Packages, and over 26,504 items!
As we welcome the new year, we wish to thank all of you for being an integral part of our organization. Your support is transformative in that it provides us with the means and inspiration to keep doing the work we do. We look forward to seeing what 2015 brings for all of us.