5 Weeks of #GivingTuesday – Week 3: Bringing Joy

“Toby’s is an amazing organization that brings the simplest joys to a family going through what can only be described as a trying time.” (Booker’s Mom)

We missed last week since we had so much going on, but this week in our series we’re talking about bringing joy!

Everyone understands the joy a newborn brings. Laughter, smiles, hugs and kisses all around! But, when a baby has to be delivered early, joy turns to fear, sorrow, and worry.  Parents of infants in the NICU often experience PTSD symptoms after returning home. A recent article states that, “When a parent suffers from PTSD, it affects his or her physical and emotional health, relationship with children, and interactions with the health care team. PTSD can also interfere with effective management of the child’s illness.” It’s estimated that 21-23% of parents who have a child in the NICU will experience PTSD.  If you look at our 814 baskets sent out and estimate that we have 700 families (due to multiples) That means that approximately 147-161 of our parents will undergo PTSD symptoms. That’s a lot of parents.

Connecting with others is one way to help cope or combat PTSD, which is why we have our Shoulder To Lean On program. All parents are welcome to connect with someone who has been through the NICU before! Toby’s Shower for Babies isn’t just about delivering baskets- which do bring joy– but also about fostering a supportive community for NICU parents and their families.

When #GivingTuesday rolls around this year, wouldn’t you please consider making a $12 donation to help keep us funded, volunteer some time at one of our events, or as a prior NICU parent/grandparent/supporter sign up to be a “Shoulder” for one of our parents? Help us spread some joy this holiday season!

About Giving Tuesday:

“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

Speaking of- everyone say hello to our newest addition, the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wy!  We’re now in two states and three hospitals so we can continue to spread joy all around!