NICU Assistance Program
Charlotte Ministries is a NICU Assistance program, inspired by a staff member’s struggle with having a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Evaluated on a case-by-case basis, The Salvation Army provides care packages as well as financial assistance for families with a child currently in an Allen County NICU (and in special cases, children with cancer or other medical issues.) Assistance is provided upon demonstration of need and based upon donations received.
For more information, please contact Jama Smith at email@example.com or 260-744-2311.
CURRENT CASE #1: AVALYNN
Avalynn was born at 26 weeks gestation, and weighs only 1 pound and 15 oz. She has a hole in her heart that may never close; every day is a struggle for her to stay alive.
You can help Avalynn by donating the following:
Socks, Baby Mittens
Diapers and Wipes
Infant Car Seat
Avalynn has a 21 month old sister named Brooklyn, a 5 year old brother named Brayden, and a 9 year old sister named Taralynn. Any items for them are appreciated as well.
The Allen County Salvation Army will be accepting donations for Avalynn until AUGUST 27, 2015.
CURRENT CASE #2: Abigail
Abigail has been in the NICU for over a month. She just had surgery for an intestinal malrotation, and her appendix and other organs were misplaced. Abigail has micropthalmia (her eyes are 1/4 the size they should be), colobomas in both eyes (missing internal optical structures), Hypoplastic corpus collosum (the white nerve matter between the right and left hemispheres of her brain is small), and the intestinal malrotation (now corrected). She will have severe vision deficits (she has some sight now- but could deteriorate, will most likely be legally blind), and the brain issue has such a wide range of issues she could display ADHD/autism symptoms up to the potential of always needing care due to motor and developmental delays. She is most in need of :
size 1 diapers,
Sleepers, size 0-3 and 3-month sleepers with feet.
Musical/Light sound toys to help with development
The Allen County Salvation Army will be accepting donations for Abigail until AUGUST 27, 2015.
TO GET INVOLVED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:
We are constantly in need of donations for Charlotte Ministries! We are currently accepting:
- Gently used and new infant clothing
- Grocery Gift Cards
- Restaurant Gift Cards (NICU families often have to grab food on the go or take food back to the hospital.)
- Gas Cards (Many of our families drive to and from the NICU several times daily and gas costs alone can be staggering.)
- New Baby Hygiene Items
Donations can be delivered to the reception desk at 2901 North Clinton, Fort Wayne, MON-FRI 8:30 am -4:30 pm.
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE PROGRAM:
If you have or know of a NICU or child in need that meets our medical requirements, please email Jama_Smith@usc.salvationarmy.org