A group of medical professionals from a church went to Thailand as missionaries to do volunteer work. They were going to a clinic in a tiny village to see patients including newborn babies. This was a perfect opportunity to donate our blankets. The volunteers were gracious enough to take our blankets and deliver them to the needy babies. Many women who came to the clinic were single mothers who were abused or abandoned by their partners. The volunteers reported upon returning home that the mothers loved our blankets and immediately swaddled their babies with them.
My dad's childhood friend runs an orphanage in a small village in Korea. He has more than fifty children living at his orphanage of which ten are babies. When we called him to arrange the donation of the blankets, he was overwhelmed with joy and was so grateful for our donation. He has dedicated his entire life to the children and to his orphanage.
A woman in New York contacted us on our website and kindly asked for a donation. Her daughter works at a NICU at a hospital in New York. After exchanging emails, we sent a shipment to the hospital in Albany, New York. Two weeks later, we received a letter from the daughter who was grateful for our donation and said that she does not know any other organization that makes blankets for premature babies. In the future, we hope to spread awareness of my organization to other places in the U.S. and to other countries. We want to be the voice to these premature babies who can not speak for themselves.
These "forgotten" babies all over the world need our care and medical attention, and their lives should be celebrated in the same way as the full-term, healthy babies are celebrated. Life is life and it is precious: even the little ones who can fit into the palm of your hand. This experience has also taught us that with every blanket made, one more baby will be swaddled and loved. And that we are one baby closer to our goal of reaching all the premature babies in the world. It was so heart-warming to have strangers write us such thoughtful letters that expressed their gratitudes and their appreciations for the blankets. This project has opened our eyes to the world around us and has taught us that any goal can be achieved with determination and confidence.
Southeast Asia Partnership
A group of missionaries asked to take our blankets on a trip to Southeast Asia. They delivered our blankets to rescue centers in Cambodia, Vietnam, Myannmar, and Thailand. They were so grateful to have received our blankets.