“Every time you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want,” said Anna Lappé. We’d like to add “and holding onto an opportunity to lessen the darkness and illuminate the universe.”
Don’t just wish upon a star, help it shine!
Premature births are the number one killer of babies in our nation and 1 in 10 babies in the USA are born too soon at 34 weeks or less. This totals almost 400,000 tiny new lives, and the premature birth rate in our country is higher than in many developing countries. In New Jersey, the preterm birth rate is disparate, 8.5% for white women, 8.8% for Asian women, 10% for Latinas and 13% for Black women. The death rate in New Jersey is 4 per 1,000 births. We must do better!
Your dollars help families get the related information, resources and emotional support they need during these most difficult and challenging times, and help support high-quality family-centered hospital NICUs. Thank you for making us your charity of choice.
Please contact us if you want to fulfill the wishes of a specific family in need. Our current holiday wish list items are:
For Mother’s Day we are collecting small self-care items (e.g., soaps, scented and unscented hand sanitizers, lip balms, pocket tissues, hand lotions). We will be offering moms some mindfulness tips to help them during these difficult times and these items will accompany our printed materials.
For Father’s Day we are collecting new baby books (in English and Spanish) for dads to read to their preemies. Studies show that reading reinforces a connection to the soothing sound of a parent’s voice, fosters the parent-child bond, and actually boosts brain development and literacy later on! Every little bit helps during this critical period of development. Preemies face speech and language delays in addition to many other challenges.
For our Year-End Holiday Drive we will be collecting $25 gift cards and new preemie outfits from November 15 - December 15.
Glow and make the world a better place for yourself and others!
Conduct a preemie wishing well drive. Please contact us for a list of small new items needed to welcome and congratulate the little ones going home.
Conduct a siblings are special drive. Collect popular activity kit items to be used in waiting rooms and as take-home gifts from parents who have spent much time in the NICU away from their children at home. Please contact us for an age-appropriate list of new items needed such as crayons, coloring books, colored pencils, and new stuffies.
Create handmade projects. If you are a serious crafter or a wannabe, please contact us. We need sewers, knitters, scrapbookers and woodworkers for future projects!
Throw a party. We need help planning, preparing and staging our upcoming outdoor special event!
Coordinate a NO-SEW communal project. Looking for a fun meaningful team building exercise for your company or small business? Create a no-sew communal project together making a year’s supply of up to 300 isolette covers for one hospital’s NICU using this approved template. The blankets will help block out some of the sights and sounds, and bring much-needed peace to the fragile babies in the NICU. Later, families will have a keepsake stroller blanket to take home.
Help from home. Need a diversion from working and schooling at home? Assemble packets and mass mailings, gift wrap our gifts, or have your family join you in making palm-sized stuffed polar fleece stars for moms to take home. They will sleep with them and bring them back to the hospital for their babies. By giving the stars their scent, moms will be further connected to their babies.
Contribute your visual and performing arts skills. We’d love the opportunity to involve you in some very special projects. If this cause is near and dear to your heart, we have easy, short-term paid and unpaid opportunities for you! Check back for details about an upcoming contest with a cash prize too!
Shop. Shop online through Amazon Smiles. Purchase items from our curated online vendors and in-person retail stores for your next baby shower, or christening, or to welcome another new baby. These retailers give back a percentage of sales to us! Consider making that purchase a buy-one give-one opportunity to also support our fragile babies!
Visit our semi-annual Tiny Star Collection pop up store. The store will include sales on brand new and preloved clothing and accessories for preemie-3T sizes.
Show off our gear. Buy our logo wear (coming soon!) to promote awareness of our cause!
Attend our stellar special event. Please join us for the first annual Stargazers’ Night Out for a peek in the nursery, dinner under the stars, and a facilitated stargazing astro photography experience! Plans are in progress for an outdoor September event subject to safe COVID-19 restrictions. We can’t wait for the big reveal!
Are you a grandparent, a family member, or a caring friend? Are you looking to be more informed and supportive for a loved one? Let us send you updates on new resources, our quarterly newsletter and information about upcoming events.