By: Karla Llano Reyes, Staff Writer
The month of November our community is coming together to support National Prematurity Awareness month by helping out Bon Secours St. Francis NICU and donating money during lunch. NICU stands for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and it’s where they help babies that are premature or are ill.
NICU Helping Hands is a fundraiser that helps out parents who need supplies for their babies and these things are bought from a wish list that the nurses suggest.
“I’ve had friends and family who were preemies and talking to their mothers, I learned how unprepared they were,” senior Kiana Goulding said. “So I toured Bon Secours St. Francis NICU and learned that all preemie moms faced this problem and I was inspired to help.”
This fundraiser is Goulding’s Leadership Capstone project and she has volunteers help her out.
“Volunteers are coming from Leadership, National Honor Society and Beta Club,” Goulding said.
This fundraiser raises money to buy supplies for the babies once the event ends.
“Once the fundraising is completed, the profits will be used to purchase the items,” Goulding said. “These items include preemie onesies, pajamas, receiving blankets, baby toiletries, journals, children’s books, activity books and crayons, These items will then be delivered to the NICU who will then distribute to the families.”
The Baby Bottle Drive will take place during lunch which is when students can go and give money to support NICU.
“Volunteers will be going around the school during lunch and collecting spare change in baby bottles,” Goulding said.
This fundraiser will last until Tuesday, November 24th.Go out and help out the NICU by donating money during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.