Sunday, January 11, 2015

Here's to Y-O-U!

WOW. You guys rock!
We set out to provide some bed change blankets for the 75 NICU bed spaces; and the results were above and beyond what we could have ever expected.

God is working through each and every one of you; and let me tell you about all the warmth you have provided this hospital!

  • GRAND TOTAL of 930 blankets!
  • From 119 different donors
  • From 62 difference cities
  • Mailed with love from 11 different states!
To preserve donor anonymity, but also explain the scope of your love, I'll proudly give shout outs to the fun fabulous places that sent fluff our way:

    • Abilene, TX
    • Amarillo, TX (2)
    • Amistad, NM (2)
    • Arlington, TX (2)
    • Bedford, TX
    • Blue Springs, MO
    • Burleson, TX (2)
    • Canadian, TX
    • Chula Vista, CA
    • Claude, TX
    • Dalhart, TX (7)
    • El Dorado, AR
    • Fayetteville, NC
    • Ft. Worth, TX (4)
    • Garden City, KS
    • Garrison, TX (2)
    • Gladstone, MO (2)
    • Grandbury, TX
    • Grapevine, TX
    • Harrodsburg, KY
    • Hewitt, TX
    • Highland Village, TX
    • Irving, TX
    • Katy, TX
    • Kansas City, MO (15)
    • Kingwood, TX
    • Leawood, KS (2)
    • Lee's Summit, MO (2)
    • Lefores, TX
    • Lenexa, KS
    • Lillian, TX
    • Lipan, TX
    • Lubbock, TX (5)
    • Mansfield, TX (14)
    • McKinney, TX
    • Mission, KS
    • Nacogdoches, TX
    • Newberry, FL
    • North Richland Hills, TX
    • Oceanside, CA
    • Olathe, KS (2)
    • Overland Park, KS (8)
    • Paola, KS
    • Parkville, MO
    • Pearland, TX
    • Prairie Village, KS (2)
    • Richmond, TX
    • Rockwall, TX
    • San Antonio, TX
    • San Augustine, TX
    • Seabrook, TX
    • Seagoville, TX
    • Seguin, TX
    • Seymour, TX
    • Spring Hill, KS
    • Spring, TX
    • Stewartville, MN
    • Weatherford, TX
    • Wheeling, WV
    • Wichita, KS
    • Winters, TX
Again, I am in AWE of your love and kindness; and am incredibly humbled by your support. I've heard from doctors, nurses, administrators and chaplains who are so so grateful for the love sent with these blankets.

Fleece tie blankets were walked around the NICU and given to parents with small babies in isolettes.

The majority of blankets will be laundered and dispersed throughout the hospital for linen closet stocking of NICU, PICU, and patient floors.

Social Work has stocked their supply closet as well, to be able to provide a very special blanket to a child or family in a time of need.

Up at Piper's crib the other day, I ran into a chaplain, who thanked me for our blanket drive. She had had the privilege of baptizing a small baby in the NICU, and presenting her parents with one of our donated blankets, that was embroidered with the word "Blessed." BE. STILL. MY. HEART!
You just thought you were covering beds...but your donation just covered a new baby with the faith and love of baptism. Again, WOW.

Thank you seems like such a small phrase to use at a time like this...but it will have to do.

THANK YOU for taking the time, over the holidays, to buy/make & mail in blankets.
THANK YOU for thinking of others with your donations.
THANK YOU for the love sent along with prayers for these babies.
THANK YOU for proving that this world still has people who will lean in and support one another.
THANK YOU for being our prayer warriors...and allowing us to lean on you.
THANK YOU for loving, and crying, and being still with us! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

My wish is that you feel the warmth that your blankets have provided in your soul. You made a difference, and we will never forget it. So right now, as you read this, take a moment, stop what you are doing, open up your arms....and feel the love and warmth we send right back to you.
You. Are. Awesome. We love you all. Feel the warmth!