aglowCommunity Service – Blankets for Babies

Aglow Life, Lakeville helps in starting “Blankets for Babies” club, on 23rd of August NHS members of East View High School, Apple valley collaborating with March of Dimes, Minnesota along with the sponsors VIBHAlife to bring almost 30 student volunteers together to help the babies in NICU.

aglow blankets for babies
aglowsponsored the Blankets for Babies event, held in Apple Valley community center

Apoorva, a senior student from East View High School initiated a club, “Blankets for babies,” to help the tiny fighters struggling for life. Herself a premature baby, Apoorva started the club with the thought of helping those who face the same fate as hers. In her own words, “About 15 years ago, I was a premature baby staying in an NICU. It was a very difficult time for my parents, but one day, it was brightened by the appearance of blankets in the NICU homemade by a retired nurse. I wished to return the favor to parents who are caught in the same situation.”

March of Dimes Minnesota chapter community director Victoria Bibeau graced the event with her presence. She inspired the gathering with her views and shared the mission of March of Dimes which has been going for the past 75 years. She told that March of Dimes aims to raise funds to provide support programs and create awareness in the community to help mothers have healthy, full term pregnancies, to find answer to the problems threatening the life of babies and help the babies who were born ahead of their time!

They were sponsored by VIBHAlife in their attempt to spread warmth and love in the form of blankets. Nandhini Malarvannan from VIBHAlife helped in getting the blankets, offered facility for making the blankets and also helped the enthusiastic kids in making the blankets. The kids came up with an enthralling 52 blankets which were then gifted to NICU babies in two hospitals in Minnesota, North Memorial Clinic, Robbinsdale, MN and Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.

The premature babies in NICU are facing a unique set of challenges in the form of clinical problems and complex medical treatments. A positive touch of affection and nurture is essential for them to survive and emerge a winner. VIBHAlife readily lent a hand to the event with the aim of spreading warmth through the physical touch of a blanket and create awareness about healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Nandhini from VIBHAlife said, “it is gratifying to help East view NHS kids making blankets and helping them in their first attempt to touch the lives of these babies and their parents with affection and warmth.” She was also found mentioning that VIBHAlife will be actively involved in many more community services to provide help and support to those in need.

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