With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are thinking about giving back to those in need. Whether it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen, donating canned goods, donating clothes or reading stories to the elderly – they’re all great ways to let those less fortunate know that there are kind people out there ready to help. The holiday season is usually spent with close family and friends – eating (too much) food and relishing in each other’s company. A great way to remind us all what life is all about.

However, for many NICU families, the holiday season can be a pretty lonesome time where hope can turn to despair in a moment’s notice. This is the time when you’re supposed to be at home, showering your new born with gifts, hanging an ornament on the tree that says “Baby’s First Christmas” and being together as a family. For those NICU families, that just isn’t happening this year. They will be in the NICU supporting their baby, who is fighting for her life and trying to make it home as soon as possible.

So, as you are thinking about giving back this holiday season, consider this: contact your local NICU and ask them to adopt a family for the holidays. The best way to do this is to reach out to the NICU’s social workers or nurses who have a great pulse on which families have the greatest needs.

Friends of NICU has done this numerous times in the past and we are planning on doing it again this year. We have provided things like strollers, diapers, baby clothes, lotions – the basics to let these families know that they’re not in this alone. A helping hand is always appreciated, but even more important during the holidays.

If you would like to contribute to our Adopt-a-NICU Family, please contact Tim Purkis at tim@friendsofnicu.com.

A very happy holiday season to all of you from Friends of NICU.