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The LMASE Raleigh/Triad City Group hosted their second annual Mother's Day Project this year to benefit Ronald McDonald House Durham Wake ("RMH"). We received such incredible, positive feedback last year from RMH and residents that we decided to repeat the project this year - gifting "Baby Showers in a Box" to families with preemie babies and "Comfort Totes" to resident mothers whose children were currently receiving treatment at WakeMed Hospital.
RMH supports many families of pediatric and neonatal intensive care patients. Premature infants receive treatment as early as 32 weeks of gestation, which means families might stay at the hospital for several weeks before their child is stable enough to go home. Because no one expects to deliver prematurely, mothers arriving at the hospital are rarely prepared, and the "Baby Showers in a Box" are meant to give them not only a little cheer, but a little start with essentials such as diapers, wipes, burp cloths, and swaddling blankets. Because of the support of LMA and our City Group members, we were fortunate to be able to provide for five preemie babies.
Our Mother's Day "Comfort Totes" and handwritten cards were also very well-received. In a note from Tiffany Long (RMH), she relayed that one mom said, "It just keeps going... all of this is for ME?!" while another mom started to cry because she was so touched. The "Comfort Totes" contained a number of items - some meant to pamper a mom, others meant to distract - such as adult coloring books and word puzzles, gift cards to a café located in the hospital, as well as milled soap and luxury hand lotion. We were able to provide totes for five mothers.
City Group members shopped for items from a list of suggested items and then gathered for a lunchtime "gift wrapping" event, graciously hosted by Kilpatrick Townsend. Members then delivered the "Baby Showers in a Box" and "Comfort Totes" to RMH at WakeMed Hospital a few days before Mother's Day.