I look back over the past three birthday's our little boy was able to celebrate and my heart and mind is flooded with amazing memories. This year, despite his death, we are making it no different. In celebration of Gavin's fourth birthday we are organizing a Birthday Give -- a way to give back to the hospital that helped give our little boy 3 1/2 amazing years of life.
Our family lived most of Gavin's life inpatient at the A. I duPont Hospital for Children on unit 3E. This is a unit that takes most all of the babies and little ones, that are non surgical. They are labeled a respiratory unit but in reality they get all kinds and again mostly all the babies, not matter what the diagnosis.
We could not have asked for a better group of people to become part of our family -- they provided us with the love and support we so desperately needed during our many years of medical crisis, watched along side us Gavin's little body fail. They welcomed us with open arms, and stood by our side as Gavin took his last breaths. We sensed that even though it was our child that was dying -- we were made to feel like they too were saying good bye to one of their own. These memories are priceless.
In honor of Gavin's Birthday we are organizing a donation to this unit of the hospital. One need that we know of is a nice stroller. Many times when the parents need to leave the room, either just to get something to eat or needing to run home or even to go to work -- the hospital staff tries very hard to make sure no child is left crying alone in the patient room. The hospital has lots of fun red wagons that they use for patient transport but for little tiny babies this is often a little impractical. So we would like to purchase a new stroller for the unit to own, for use with it's patients and also for the families use as well.
Another need is new baby toys. This is one thing always lacking at the hospital -- mainly because if you have a little one chewing on a rattle, most staff or parent wouldn't dare take if from the child on discharge. The toys go home with the families, which is fine, but they need to be replaced! So we are also collecting new small baby toys such as rattles, teethers, link and roo's and other small items.
All of the toys donated will fill up Gavin's Closet on unit 3E at the Hospital -- not only will they fill up Gavin's closet but will also make lots of families and kids very happy!
To help fund the purchase of the stroller we are looking for monetary donations. One dollar can do amazing things, if every reader of this blog donates just that -- one dollar! We have set up a pay-pal account that you can directly donate into, or if you feel more comfortable you can send both toy and monetary donations to our PO Box, listed on the sidebar of this page.
We realize that many people don't like to just give money to any old website or cause -- we get that -- so no pressure. But rest assured we will bring you along for the ride and keep everyone informed about how things are going -- not to mention provide lots of photos when we make the delivery! We would like to make the delivery towards the end of June.
Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for helping us allow Gavin's legacy of hope live on -- touching lives and bring joy to the children and families at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children!