I hope everyone has had an incredible holiday season! As I am gearing up for the new year, I am so excited to report that Bundles For Babies has made it to 10 full years of donations. For the past decade, we have had the privilege of donating handmade baby blankets, hats, booties and other resources to premature babies and their families all over the country.
This holiday season, we were able to donate more than 75 items to babies and their families at the Memorial Health Hospital in Savannah, Ga (where it all started!). Both my little brother, Tillman, myself and my older sister Faith were born in this hospital, all premature! During our visit, we were able to speak to a lovely new mother and grandmother about their little girl who was born premature. She was able to pick out a blanket from the Santa Sack (pictured above), and it truly made my whole December!
In the spirit of recollection and gratitude, let's take a walk down memory lane to check out some pictures of me circa 2009 (two years into Bundles) working with the March of Dimes as the Georgia State Ambassador during my Miss Preteen Georgia reign.
Thank you for an incredible 10 years!
Let me just tell you how crazy this year has been! It is unbelievable how life can take hold of you and run away with no mercy. Between school, studying abroad and summer jobs, this girl has been all over the place.
But I am so glad to be back to tell you all about our incredible success we had at this year's March For Babies. We traveled all the way to Atlanta to join thousands of walkers for, no doubt, the biggest and baddest March I have ever seen! The energy was incredible and I cannot wait to go back next year.
Our fundraising total was...drum roll... $362!
This is more than we have ever raised, and I would love to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me with such a great cause.
Looking forward, we are off to a great 10th year for Bundles For Babies and I am so excited to start fundraising and sewing blankets for the Christmas season. We are going big this year, and I can't wait to show you what's in store!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
So for the exciting news I mentioned in my last post, here it is!
First of all: World Prematurity Day is two days away (on Nov. 17), so read up here on what that means and how you can help!
Second: I was able to visit the March of Dimes Georgia Chapter headquarters in Atlanta this past week! -screams-
The last time I was able to visit HQ was when I was 12 years old, and here I am 7 years later, still going strong! The March of Dimes will be hosting a baby shower at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta at the end of this week. Sadly, I will not be able to make it since I will be in class. However, the MOD reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to sew blankets for the baby shower. OF COURSE I WOULD.
It was surreal to be able to meet this incredible team. Thank you so much for inviting me and allowing me to support in the best way I know how!
Finally, our team is going strong with fundraising, but we still have a long way to go! Please consider donating. A little goes such a long way! Check out our team page here.
Check out this sweet spread I was interviewed for when I was 13 in Liberty Life Magazine, page 16.
Check out this even more sweet letter written to a National American Miss director, way back when I was Miss Preteen Georgia in 2009, from then Field Services Director Laura Johnson. Laura, if you're out there, I miss you dearly!
Thank you for all the support!
It has been a minute since I have been able to get back on here to do an extended blog post. However, we have been donating like crazy people! We are very active on our Facebook! So please be sure to check those out as we continue to make donations. Check out our most recent ones:
In other exciting news, Bundles for Babies is going big this year and has accepted the challenge to walk in the March For Babies event in Atlanta! We have our team page here, so please sign up if you are in the area at the end of April. If not, there are other ways you can help through donation. We have set a pretty hefty goal this year, but I am confident that we can reach it!
Thank you to everyone for all of your support! I have some exciting news headed your way soon!
Ahh, it feels good to be back in my hometown of Savannah. I was so blessed to have been able to donate again to the hospital where it all started: Memorial Health. This hospital is where both my little brother Tillman and myself were born.
Due to Savannah's community involvement with Prematurity Awareness Month, the entire NICU was decked out in the best color on the rainbow: purple.
But of course we have to open with me skipping goofily to the NICU, since that is my only mode of travel nowadays. I am always so ecstatic to donate!
I will, without a doubt, always get lost on the way to this NICU. When my partner in crime, my mom, comes to donations with me, it is incredible to see her operate this hospital. She could get to the NICU with her eyes closed since she spent so much time there.
They are always so gracious to receive our donations and it is always a pleasure to visit the committed and caring nurses at Memorial. Thank you for having me today!
And by the way, your hair looks FABULOUS.
Happy Prematurity Awareness Month!
Learn more about Prematurity Awareness Month and the most updated medical information on prematurity to date HERE.
Today was a beautiful fall day for a donation, if you ask me. Recently, a close friend by the name of Stephanie Osteen donated these super fun flannel fabrics to Bundles For Babies. And after a long few weeks full of exams, projects and papers (oh my!), I have been able to dedicate this weekend to these lovely babies!
For my September donation, I visited Athens Regional and was able to talk to the lovely nurses about their Level III NICU. This month, St. Mary's NICU was just as welcoming. They have an impressive and comfortable Level II NICU that has held up to 25 babies at once! Wow! Thankfully, they have not had to house that many preemies in several years; right now they have 9 babies.
Their facility was covered in color and dinosaurs. -Cue picture of Charlotte spinning in the NICU-
I was so excited to donate to this NICU, and I cannot wait to be back next month because next month is PREEMIE AWARENESS MONTH!
Hold onto your bundles, folks. It's going to be a great one!
Help us make this year's Prematurity Awareness Month great by donating here! Thank you so much for your support!
Guess who's back? That's right, donation season is ready to rumble!
I have recently made my move from Savannah to Athens as I study at the University of Georgia! Therefore, making blankets out of my dorm has been quite the adventure, but I am so grateful to have the opportunity to continue Bundles for Babies throughout my collegiate career.
Today I had the opportunity to donate a small batch of blankets to the Athens Regional NICU, where I was able to view their small (but mighty!) center. They were super busy this Sunday evening, but were excited and gracious for the donation.
I'll be back soon, Athens Regional. Keep working hard! Thank you!
Here's to an incredible future at the university with Bundles For Babies embroidered on my heart!
The March for babies Walk
The March of Dimes March for Babies walk was this past Saturday, and Bundles For Babies had a blast! The walk was filled with tons of energy, as well as several families and businesses supporting each other. For more news about the walk, as told by the March of Dimes, check it out here.
Here are some pictures from the event!
Ah, signing in! I want to take this opportunity to shout out the incredible volunteers at the walk. They really helped create a seamless event and without them, it wouldn't have been the same!
Here is Tillman and I at the event! The weather was gorgeously overcast until about halfway through the walk.
A wonderful group of women had an amazing tribute garden set up for families to honor and remember their incredible preemies. We were able to honor my little brother and remember my older sister, as well as other March of Dimes babies. This is all for you!
We were so excited to meet with the incredible staff at Memorial Health to make a donation of our handmade blankets. It was an honor to meet them, and I cannot wait to come and visit you guys! (Psst! They are currently making incredible improvements to their NICU. Go Memorial!!)
Check out all of those people walking for you, preemies! You inspire us each and everyday. The rain didn't keep us away! The Bundles for Babies team finished the walk with soaked socks and smiles on our faces. Thank you for all that you do, supporters. Looking forward to next year!
Special thanks to:
LCHS Interact Club
Mrs. Walden and Family
Samone, Matthew, and Tillman Norsworthy
& any other incredible supporters to Bundles For Babies and the March of Dimes
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I was so excited to make a super special donation in Los Angeles, California! Bundles for Babies is truly spreading and is keeping babies warm coast to coast.
The hospital was absolutely massive! We had to ask for help a few times to be pointed in the right direction! The NICU was absolutely beautiful. Truly an oasis for these families!
The nurses were so greatful, as were the families in the waiting area. I'm so excited to see how this small donation will have a large impact! Thanks to Cedars-Sinai for allowing us to make our donation. I cannot wait to be back!
Happy Preemie Awareness Day! Today is the day that we celebrate all that is done for the millions of premature babies while spreading awareness and support. So, here is a huge thank you to the hospital staff, researchers, families, and mothers for all that you do to ensure these little ones grow big and strong.
I was so excited to be given the opportunity to donate a care package to my hometown hospital: Memorial Health. This is where it all began! The NICU was decked out in purple in honor of Prematurity Awareness month, and the staff was thrilled to see the care package.
Special thanks to Memorial for allowing us to make this extra special donation today. Thank you for all that you do for these incredibly strong babies and their families! I hope to return soon with more goodies for you.
As the weather gets colder, these babies need more warmth than ever before! Donate today to support Prematurity Awareness month, and to ensure comfort to preemies and their families.
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