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Why Giving is Genius

A Mother's Day event in the NICU held earlier this year.

A Mother’s Day event in the NICU held earlier this year

It’s that time of year – from public radio to your place of worship to non-profit organizations across the country, all have begun or are gearing up for the giving season. From telethons to texting campaigns, special events and direct mail, we are all are hoping you will choose our mission to support. It is a hard choice. There are so many deserving charities who make an incredible difference in the lives of children, veterans, those with cancer or special needs. From clean drinking water in Africa, to after school education and enrichment programs in low income areas, the need is great and funding is limited.

I was recently given the book The Genius of Generosity by Chip Ingram. Ingram explains that he paired the words genius and generosity together to emphasize that a life overflowing with care and concern for others is a brilliant way to live. He teaches that both practically and spiritually giving generously is one of the smartest, most intellectually sound and emotionally satisfying decisions we can make. Basically, it feels good to give!

And I would add that it is not just giving of financial resources, but of time and talents that give one a sense of meaning and fulfillment. From delivering meals to the elderly to providing peer support to a new NICU family, there are countless ways you can make an impact in the lives of those in our community. [Continue reading]

Preemies vs. Statistics

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When too many numbers get jumbled in my head, it's overwhelming. Even on a good day. I came this close to failing my mandatory college statistics class.  I would tell you what this close means in percentages, but herein lies my point, I'm that bad at … [Continue reading]

2014 NICU Heroes Awards Finalists, Pt 1

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The outstanding care neonatal professionals give to NICU families is recognized and applauded each year during the NICU Heroes Awards, presented by Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold, a national nonprofit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) … [Continue reading]

Living With Grief: My Story of Infant Loss

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Today is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, part of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. Preemie Babies 101 Blogger Stacey Skrysak shares her story, and if you are living with grief due to a loss, the Hand to Hold staff and Preemie … [Continue reading]

The Importance of Hand Washing and Sibling Touch

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Wednesday, October 15th is Global Handwashing Day. We hope you'll enjoy these tips, as well as our pro-insights article later this month on the topic of hand washing. I saw the excitement in my daughters’ eyes as we entered the NICU for them to … [Continue reading]