Monday, June 22, 2015

Grace Blanket Drive is up and running!


Thank you all so much for loving us through this past week after saying goodbye to Piper. We are overwhelmed with the kindness of others who have surrounded us with prayer and compassion as we navigate through this loss. This blog is pretty "down to business," so I will save my sappy words for another post, on another day.

A couple months ago, I had been contemplating having our Grace Blanket Drive take place in August, Piper's birth month. The outpouring of people wanting to give back in Piper's memory has led me to believe that that is  FABULOUS IDEA! Consider it done.


We will officially be accepting blanket donations to gift to the NICU at Piper's amazing Children's Mercy Hospital, here in KC. We cannot express in words, how grateful we are for this sweet place. Let's blanket them with love and warmth! (See what I did there?)

Spending so much time in the NICU has allowed us to observe many needs that others may not think of when donating to a hospital. Donating a blanket not only reaches one family, one baby..... donating a blanket means adding to the NICU's linen closet supply. This supply blankets over 75 beds per night with clean linens; and why not add a touch of warmth and flare to these beds! A new blanket can give the feeling of home and comfort to a new NICU family, that blanket can be laundered, circulated, and make baby beds for as long as that little blankie can hold up. One blanket....will add a touch of love to multiple babies...and THAT, my friends, is awesome! 

Feel free to click back through our original Grace Blanket Drive blog post for further back story on our decision to pay it forward to our favorite hospital. Please join us, recruit your office, tell your friends, and let's cover these babies in love and prayer from around the nation!

THE NITTY GRITTY:

CONTACT: me, at tarajarvis13@gmail.com for my address to mail blankets to.
TIME FRAME:  Please have all blankets in the mail by AUG. 1st, 2015.

WHAT IS NEEDED?
  • NEW baby blankets of all types, colors or prints! Have some fun, and use your creative gifts! Nurses love a fun spiffy new blankie!
  • Sew your own! - About a square yard of fabric will do. (flannel & cotton hold up well to industrial washing.)
  • Buy a Blankie!
    • any medium sized baby blanket or throw 
    • cotton or flannel receiving blankets 
    • crib sheets & fitted sheets are great too
INSIDER TIPS:

  • Hospital Rules - new/new with tag blankets only please. This ensures the safety of patients. 
  • DIY Fleece Tie Blankets - are known to NOT hold up well to all the hospital washing. We will absolutely still accept these as donations, but use these as gifts for NICU families/babies to take home. They will not be able to stay in hospital linen rotation due to short laundry life span...those poor fellows. 
If I am missing anything, please shoot me a message! I try my best to reply asap.
Again, thank you all for helping us shower love on this precious hospital. I cannot wait to start getting blanket mail, it will do my momma heart good.

One more question: Grace Blanket Drive donated 930 blankets to the hospital last year...
DO YOU THINK WE CAN BEAT THIS??????

Pipes - snug as a bug in her custom threads!

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