Our club’s first “Make it Monday” event was a huge success!! 10 members gathered together to trace patterns, cut felt, and assemble adorable Halloween Costumes for babies in the Williamson Medical Center NICU. The templates for this project were furnished by the March of Dimes, one of GFWCs oldest affiliate organizations.
From the March of Dimes: “Becoming a parent can be an exciting and challenging time. But when mom and baby are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or at the hospital unexpectedly, it can also become scary for families. Too many families are experiencing this today and these costumes allow parents to participate with their child for a fun holiday tradition.”
Brandy Klebs-Bolf, who is one of the club’s newest members, has had a baby in NICU. “I would have been thrilled if my sweet girl had received an adorable holiday costume while she was in the hospital. It is hard not to be with your little one while they are in the NICU. It means so much to see your community support you during this difficult time with projects like this. I had a great time working on the costumes and getting to know some of my fellow club members and new friends!”
The majority of the felt used in this activity came from Turnip Green Creative Reuse in Nashville, TN. www.turnipgreencreativereuse.org. Using recycled materials is not only a way to save costs, but also good for the Environment, which is one of the GFWC CSPs (Community Service Programs).
Club members brought 18 costumes to Williamson Medical Center, which were accepted by Jennifer Harless, the NICU Nurse Manager and Rachel Caudle, who works with the Williamson Medical Center Foundation.
From left to right: Barbara Pisano, Brandy Klebs-Bolf, Jennifer Harless, and Vicki Bechet with some of the donated costumes.