He comforts us when we are in trouble,
so that we can share this same comfort
with others in trouble.
2 Corinthians 1:4
On Sunday, May 13, 2018, 377 central Virginia mothers celebrated their Mother’s Day inside a hospital. They were there selflessly caring for their hospitalized children. They were hidden inside NICU, PICU and pediatric units. They were behind closed doors in a local children’s treatment center. These 377 moms thought they were forgotten. But then a simple knock on their hospital room door changed all that.
On Mother’s Day 2018, 377 care packages were delivered to local hospital moms in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, Virginia-area hospitals. A thoughtful community, a network of donors and multiple church and community groups joined forces to make sure these brave and caring women were not forgotten. Supported by Positive Hits WPER, a three-week donation drive offered many collection points throughout the area where listeners and supporters donated items from coloring books to leggings to lotions and cosmetics to personally packaged gifts. God’s Pit Crew donated jewelry, blankets, notebooks, personal care items, portable cellphone chargers and more. As the donations were sorted, there were hundreds of hand-written cards and notes of encouragement, Starbucks gift cards, candles, handmade soaps, chocolate, books, journals and items that were selected especially for mothers.
Most of the care packages were handed off to hospital staff at the various locations. One hundred and four care packages were delivered to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville and were distributed to their NICU and PICU moms. Child Life Specialist Shannon said the sweet mothers of their patients were blown away by the donation, and she was impressed with the many personal items that were included in the packages.
The staff at MCV received 100 care packages for their moms, and were also gifted devotionals and bibles. Nurses smiled as they lined up the care packages for personal delivery to the moms, saying how much it was going to brighten their day.
A few mothers were moved to tears at the unexpected gift. Others smiled like they had won the lottery. Everyone our delivery team encountered couldn’t believe that they were REMEMBERED. The Virginia Treatment Center for children told us this donation was “one of the most extraordinary things done for the parents” in a very long time. This facility received 16 care packages, but these 16 bags were extremely impactful for the moms going through a very rough time.
All of this could not have happened without everyone who donated, sorted, packed, delivered, prayed for this ministry – every effort was needed and appreciated! Every donation counts, and every donation impacts a mother caring for her hospitalized child.
The following hospitals received care package donations for Mother’s Day 2018, and have requested to receive care packages for Christmas as well – Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Mary Washington, St. Mary’s, Chippenham, VCU, MCV, Johnston-Willis, Henrico Doctors, Memorial Regional and UVA. To support our Christmas giving we are encouraging bible study and community groups to host their own donation drives, and for our supporters to attend our second annual “Date Night” fund raising event on Friday, November 30 at Bandits Ridge.