This November 2016, Pebbles of Hope has launched its “Adopt A Family” program to provide supplies and mentoring to low-income families with premature babies in the NICU. In collaboration with hospitals in the Washington, DC area and other parts of Virginia and Maryland, we identify families in need who are preparing to bring home their babies from the NICU for the first time, deliver supplies to their home and match them with a mentor who can advise them on topics such as feeding and nutrition, preparing the home, and safe sleep practices.
Last week we delivered over $700 worth of supplies to the first participant in the program — a single mom whose baby was being discharged after a 2 month stay in the hospital. We will continue to accept applications for additional participants through our hospital partners for as long as supplies are available.
We’d like to thank Buy Buy Baby for becoming our first retail partner and donating all the baby supplies that families receive through this program. Already we have received over $7,000 worth of goods, and we plan to continue receiving and distributing items to families through this partnership and through other retail partners we identify over time.