My name is Dayna, and A Mother’s Keeper began as a personal project for me in 2013.
My son was born prematurely at 29 weeks and spent a total 53 days in our local NICU. He was seven days old when I finally got to hold him for the first time. It was a hard experience; not just for me as a new mom, but for any mom. When you child is hospitalized, many of those things we do for our children (and take for granted) we can no longer do. It’s incredibly hard to be a mom, but even harder to be a “hospital mom”. Throughout my journey I have met many hospital moms, and although our children’s diagnosis varies, our feelings are the same. We are scared, lonely, angry, dealing with guilt and wondering how life goes on outside the hospital while we sit bedside, battling for children.
Five years later, my misery has become my ministry. I founded A Mother’s Keeper, and we are a dedicated team of volunteers in central Virginia, who through personal experiences, are committed to providing comfort and encouragement to mothers caring for their hospitalized children through our care package program. On Mother’s Day 2017, with the help of a thoughtful community, we delivered 140 care packages to five different Richmond-area care facilities. During Christmas we assembled and delivered 250 care packages to seven area hospitals and two care organizations. The response has been amazing, and it’s incredible what a simple care package can do to lift the spirits of a hospital mom. For 2018 we hope to double our impact and increase our reach to provide care packages not only in Richmond, but in Charlottesville and Fredericksburg as well.
We support our giving activities by hosting various donation drives and fundraising events throughout the year. A Mother’s Keeper is a partner of Reach Richmond, a 501(c)(3) charity.