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When Alana came shimmering into this world, I entered an area of life that I never thought would have touched me—the world of premature parenting. Though our darling daughter was not the smallest or most frail baby, my husband and I felt as though we had walked through our own personal earthquake. After two long months in the hospital, our daughter finally came home in time to spend her first Easter with us.

 

Now, eight months later, my girl is happy, healthy, and covered in more chubby, baby rolls than I can count. As we continue on this journey, I can’t help but find myself bursting with gratitude for all that God has provided for my family. I contribute Alana’s success to the power of prayer, the grace of God, and the blessing of state-of-the-art medical equipment.

 

With that, I am excited to announce: The Painted Diaper

 

Starting November 1, 2011, I will be partnering with God’s Littlest Angels, an independent, non-denominational ministry in Haiti that runs one of the only Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country. The money raised will be used to purchase life-saving medical equipment, more specifically, warming-beds.

 

Not very long ago, Stuart and I watched our sweet baby lay on one of these warming-beds as she struggled to breath on her own. We know first-hand what a gift like this would mean to the precious babies of Haiti.

 

Here is the plan:

 

40 Diapers. 40 days. Bringing Hope.

 

Each day a new diaper will be featured on the website, as well as an on-going option to donate. At the end of this 40 day project, all of the diapers will be sold through a silent auction online to raise further funds for the babies. All financial donations received in the United States, will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

 

When Alana was in the hospital, she wore the smallest little diapers that you ever saw. She was so tiny that we had to fold them in half so they would fit around her little body. I want to paint on diapers because I love the idea of the ordinary being used for something extraordinary. Diapers are an everyday item in many households, but when you think about these little diapers and the tiny babies who are fighting for their lives wearing them, it makes the everyday more personal.

 

November is Prematurity Awareness month, and I can’t think of a better time for this dream to become a reality! The cost of one warming bed is: $6,750.00, but when I think of how many tiny lives could be saved, I am reminded of what a priceless gift this would be. My hope and prayer is that this project would grow beyond my wildest dreams and support babies who truly need our help.


 


13 Comments »

  1. I am so proud to be a part of this! Let’s help some babies! 🙂

  2. Thank you Asha for this wonderful idea and for having the heart and desire to help the least of the least by supporting our medical fund! I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  3. Susan says:

    Thank you for using your own experiences of having a preterm baby and your tallents to improve the survival of our preemies in Haiti.

  4. Ellie says:

    Beautiful and Inspiring!

  5. However I can help with my business Busy Breathers would love to do so. I posted previously, but know all too well the Preemie World our son was born at 27 weeks weighing 1lb 8.5oz. I am pondering how I can help with donations and raising awareness with you.
    Wonderful idea….helping so many little ones!

  6. Hello! Thank you for coming up with such a creative and thoughtful way to help other NICU babies and families out there, especially for a place in such great need!
    I am the mom to 3 preemie boys. A 31 weeker and 27 weeker twins. I can definitely tell you what I would do if I had more arms! Love the octopus diaper. 🙂
    I will definitely make a point of mentioning you on my next blog, which I will do my best to post this weekend.
    Are you on Twitter? That could definitely help you out with fundraising! Good luck!

    • Asha says:

      Wow- 3 Preemies Boys–a full house and a full heart! Thank you for the support! I really appreciate you spreading the world on your blog, I look forward to read more from twintrospectives 😉

  7. I just answered my own Twitter question. 🙂 I’m adding you now!

  8. Meire says:

    What a great and Inspiring idea Asha! Thanks for all your time and dedication.
    I want to make a donation, call me this week I have some questions.
    Love,
    Meire

  9. Asha, your dedication and compassion for these precious babies will save many lives! I will tell everyone about your purpose and send them to your website…there is no greater cause than saving these little ones!!

  10. janeblanninbruleigh says:

    Hi Asha,

    I cannot find the e-mail address you sent me. I had commented on volunteering with one of the toddlers on Faces of Hope. I return to GLA in January and hae come up with an awesome idea for something I could bring to GLA for you. Please e-mail me!!!! many thanks Jane Blannin-Bruleigh

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