Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Eve Morning

On Christmas Eve, Ryan and I went to the hospital to drop off the donations we received throughout December. It was such a wonderful way to start off our holiday, remembering our little girl.  We got to see the nurses and staff that became our friends during our 83 day stay.  It felt like coming home.... to Ella's home. 

The donations we received brought tears to my eyes.  It was unbelievable!  We had people from all aspects of our life support us and were so willing to give.  We had co-worker friends, friends from college, friends from home, friends from support groups, friends of friends,  friends of family,  friends of the NICU and some friends we didn't even know drop off money, blankets, books and toys.  Our house was filled with donations that were given all with love from so many friends.  So many generous people with big hearts gave so much to our cause. We are forever grateful for the support.

We collected over 125 blankets, 95 books, 25 toys, and 40 clothing items.  Ryan and I couldn't stop smiling as we wheeled the cart in with all of the donations.  Our friends at the NICU were excited to see us and were so grateful. There are no words to describe the feelings of giving back, seeing old friends and knowing that your baby is smiling down on you.


An ornament I saw during the holiday said  “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”  Our little star brought light to her friends in the NICU on a snowy Christmas Eve morning. We know our donations helped bring joy to many babies and families in the NICU over the holiday season and we know that our little girl is so happy because of that.

Now as the New Year approaches we are back at getting new events for Ella's Halo started.  Big ideas, fun events and more love is in store for 2010!  It is amazing to think that all of this is because of a sweet little angel.


Meg said...

you are truely amazing. ella is so very proud of her parents and the gift of happiness you are bringing into that NICU for all of the families! happy holidays to you and may this be a wonderful year!

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