Other people started donating books so we could attempt to make sure every baby went home with a packet of books. Parents read these books to their babies during their often lengthy stays, helping their baby's brains and creating bonding moments full of love.
Here are two boxes of packets ready to go:
Each packet has a half sheet handout explaining why it is important to read to your baby. I put at least one board book in each packet, and we also create packets for families whose first language is Spanish.
This year we had 1,630 books donated to the NICU. I purchased 613 of them, so that means over 1,000 books came from friends of our NICU book project. My sweet mom donates all the two-gallon zipper bags.
Our 2018 donors are:
Cayli and Brandon Johnson
McKay Dee Hospital Foundation
Child Life Services at McKay Dee Hospital
Tanya and Hollie
The Other Side Thrift Boutique
Usborne Book Drive
Liam Gregory's Wish List
269 books came from Anonymous donors.
In 2018, we gave 42 packets to Jordan Valley Hosptial and 284 packets to McKay Dee Hospital. I believe we were able to serve almost every baby who spent time in McKay Dee's NICU. We may have missed a few, but with your help, we are getting close to helping every single baby at the McKay Dee NICU begin their reading journey.
We've had two donations so far this year, 2019:
Michelle S brought these books over:
My mom, Rolean, donated another 100 two-gallon bags to help keep the books safe at bedside:
Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.