Footprints Ministry

Hudson's face is so funny in this picture! He had been blowing bubbles.

Silly face #1

Silly painful face #2

She looks so sweet! I sat down at the computer and looked over at her and she was sprawled out on the coffee table watching her shows before bedtime.

So tonight I finally got to go help out with Footprints Ministry at the hospital.  It originated in Montgomery, AL and it started up in our hospital about 1.5 years ago.

This is taken from the Footprints Ministry website…

The Footprints Ministry is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization that began in August of 2007 at Heritage Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL.  We began serving Baptist South hospital in Montgomery. In December of 2007 we expanded our ministry to Baptist East hospital in Montgomery. And we’ve recently expanded to serving St. Vincent’s Hospital  in Birmingham, Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville and Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, Alabama. Footprints Ministry distributes gift bags to parents who have a baby admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Baptist East and Baptist South hospitals serve 800 babies per year from 20 surrounding counties. St. Vincent’s hospital serves around 350 babies per year. We have distributed over 1500 bags since August of 2007. In 2010, we will distribute over 2,700 Footprints bags!

Each Footprints bags contains a Bible, disposable camera(for the nurses to take pictures when the parents can’t be there), gift card to local restaurants and stores, burp cloth monogrammed with footprints, a scent blankie with poem attached for the mother to sleep with and return to the baby, travel necessities such as toothbrushes, a prayer request card, klennex, baby magazine, and pens and notepads. Each of these items are very important as most babies are premature and the families are not prepared when the baby arrives. We also do seasonal events like our Santa, Easter Bunny and Mother’s Day visit.

This ministry has touched the lives of so many families! We’ve had opportunities to meet with these families and pray with them. We’ve also made many friends through this ministry. Our prayer is that we will share the love of Christ with these families and provide comfort and encouragement to them during the most exciting and difficult time in their life

I’ve always wanted to help out but it seems that life always gets in the way.  So I was very very excited to actually make it to a bag delivery tonight!  I could not believe all of the items that were donated!  We had parenting magazines, hand sanitizer, wipes, kleenex, candy, pens, stationery, sticky notes, baby hats, swaddle blankets, burp cloths with embroidery, McDonald’s & Chic-fil-A gift cards, and other items that I just can’t remember.  It was awesome!  We made 100 bags tonight and those will go so fast.  There were 50 babies in the NICU tonight.  😦

I did meet some wonderful sweet women and it was so much fun to socialize and share our stories.  I always feel a bond with other micropreemie moms.  I really hope I can start making it to all of the meetings.  They are held once a month on a Thursday.  So if anyone has anything they would like to donate for the bags or even a monetary donation for us to purchase the items just let me know.  My email is btitsworth@gmail.com

I think I’m ready for bed!  I was up at 4:30am the night before so I could hit the gym and then last night fell asleep around 10:15 but Mr. H woke up at 1:55am and kept me up until 3am!  His new teeth have been hurting him so bad and he was super fussy all day today.  I’m ready to kick back and relax.  Luckily tomorrow is Friday!

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~ by btitsworth on September 17, 2010.

One Response to “Footprints Ministry”

  1. It is great that you are doing this volunteer work. I too did a lot of volunteer work before cancer. Your children are beautiful. Rita Dunham Pruett

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