Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Help us reach our Target

Although we have shared our target for this year’s fund via Facebook, we have yet to announce the number via our email letter. For our 3rd Annual Loki Sky and His NICU Friends Holiday Fund, we hope to collect $2000. Please help us meet this target.

How far along are we? As of today, December 8th 2011, we already received $1125. Two more weeks to collect another $875, WE CAN DO THIS!

All the donations will benefit financially strained families whose new babies were admitted to the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center NICU in Berkeley, California. The NICU Social Workers, together with the Family Advisory Council, will ensure that families in need receive car seats, cribs, strollers, support with transportation from and to the hospital, or--in some cases--food for older siblings of the NICU baby.

How it all began, and continued:

Christmas 2008: Loki Sky at the calendar age of 2 months and at 33 weeks gestation (that is, 7 weeks before he was expected to be born). The knitted hat was made and given to us by strangers caring for our situation:



Christmas 2009: Our 1st Annual Holiday Fund was a great success. You helped us handout 56 gift bags, 5 massage certificates and approximately $1200 in gift cards for those facing economically difficult circumstances. Here is Loki Sky with some of the 56 gift bags, posing with Nurse Margaret.



Christmas 2010: Our 2nd Annual Holiday Fund was an even bigger success with a total of $3000 donated by you. We were able to buy 64 x $20 gift cards and 64 books, one for each family in the NICU. In addition, you donated enough in order to buy $1450 in gift cards for families who needed help buying car seats, strollers and cribs. The first sorting gift cards and our letter for the NICU families, while we were in Indiana:



Then Team California (Mascha, Anna, Amy, Gabriella, and Alexandra) delivering the gift cards and books to the NICU:



Chrismtas 2011: We hope to deliver a check of $2000 to the NICU over the Holidays. Melissa Harris, member of the Family Advisory Council will accept the check from Mascha, Holiday Fund Representative, together with Misty Schultz, NICU Social Worker Extraordinaire. Photos and stories will be shared as usual.

Help us make it happen!

Internet: Please go to http://www.paypal.com and use a credit card or Paypal account to send money to XXXX. Be sure to note "Holiday Fund" in the comments.

US: Please mail checks in name of: Kathalijn Sprenger, 405 Eastview Drive, Bedford, IN 47421. Please write “Holiday Fund” in the memo.

NL: Maak geld over op rekening 615769152 t.n.v. K.C. Sprenger o.v.v. “Holiday Fund”

Deadline: Monday December 18th 2011

Thank you very much for your help!
Sincerely,
Loki Sky and his NICU Friends
www.babylokisky.blogspot.com

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About Loki Sky

Loki Sky is a special little man. He was a very early micropreemie, weighing only 610 grams (1 lb, 5 oz) after 24 weeks, 3 days gestation, born to an American Father and a Dutch Mother in Berkeley, California on October 18, 2008.

On January 11, 2009, while still in the hospital NICU, his one kidney stopped working. It was repaired after three surgeries. After spending time in three hospitals in three cities, Loki came home on February 17. He struggled with eating, and then stopped in July, leading to 8 days in the hospital, a failure-to-thrive diagnosis, and a NG feeding tube. On October 10, a minor surgery installed a G feeding tube. Another procedure replaced it with a new one, and then again with a Mic-Key button in Jan. 2010.

In August 2010, he and his parents moved to the Netherlands.

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Loki's Holiday Gift Drive

Please consider donating to Loki's Holiday Gift Drive for the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center NICU. You can donate by Paypal or credit card here:





Click here for more information, including how to pay by check. For all posts on the Gift Drive, click here.