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Countdown to World Prematurity Day

A combined total of 200 days were spent in the Calgary's Neonatal Intensive Care Units between my three littles. 

I will never forgot those days and will always be extremely grateful for the care they received. Without the NICU my family would look very different today. 

After going through that journey, I wanted to be able to give back to future families like mine,

for them to know that they are not alone.

This is such a special project for me as it is so close to my heart. I will never forget the raw emotions I felt as I watched over my little ones daily, the strength, determination and fight it took for each and every breath.

Today they are strong, healthy, fun loving kids who truly live each day to the fullest.

Hadley Grace 26/5 1lb13oz  Nixon James 33/5 4lbs10oz  Rome Jacob 26/5 1lb15oz

The joy + happiness that this project brings to the families that have little warriors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is so amazing.

In Calgary, we will continue to visit all 5 NICU sites leading up to World Prematurity Day to capture moments and memories of these little warriors journey's for their families.

Over the past 4 years our project has had the honor of donating over $10,000 to The Calgary Health Trust for Calgary's Neonatal Intensive Care Units, the pleasure of giving 1,350 gift bags to very deserving families + along with some of Calgary's best photographers, we have photographed over 600 of Calgary's tiniest patients. 

With the purchase of every Small+Mighty shirt, our project earns the proceeds. Those proceeds will then go towards sending Small+Mighty bodysuits to hospitals to give out to their tiny patients in honor of World Prematurity Day, November 17th. 

Moving forward our goal is to expand across North America in a slighty different way. With the purchase of every Small+Mighty shirt, our project earns the proceeds. Those proceeds will then go towards sending Small+Mighty bodysuits to hospitals to give out to their tiny patients in honor of World Prematurity Day, November 17th. 

The long term goal for this project is for one day to have every family who walks through the doors of an NICU would receive one of our Small+Mighty bodysuits. I know that is a HUGE goal, but I truly believe that in the years to come this will be achieved.

​To add some more perspective to this project:

The babies that will receive these gifts may not born yet and the families have no clue that they will go into preterm labor and have a premature or sick baby. I remember sitting in the NICU on November 17th, 2012 just a little over a month after my twins were born feeling so scared, sad and clueless as to what the next minute, hour, day would bring for my two little fighters. Though I had been through this just 18 months earlier with my first born, it was all so much more intense. Feeling helpless as a parent completely changes your outlook on things, this is why I have such drive to give back to the NICU through the Small + Mighty Project. To be able to bless these families and brighten their day, is a gift that I am so honoured and grateful to be a part of.

Our son Rome at Foothills Medical Center NICU in Calgary, Alberta

1 month old

Get your NICU hospital site onboard by ordering for your site now + we will ship out Small+Mighty bodysuits to gift the families on World Prematurity Day (November 17th). Open to NICU sites world wide.

You can help us by purchasing

PREEMIE + NEWBORN

size bodysuits HERE (8 for $23.99) 

Please send donations to:

Melissa Gaylard 

Small+Mighty Project

6 Auburn Shores Cape SE

Calgary, Alberta T3M 2E8

 

We are asked each year if sending money to put toward the project is an option and the answer is YES.

What we put the money towards:

-the purchase of bodysuits (purchased through Amazon)

-print costs for the bodysuits (we use Calgary Silk Screen)

-shipping supplies + shipping of the bodysuits to hospitals across Canada (we ship through Canada Post)

If this is something you would like to do please send through to hello@jacobgracedesigns.com

 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions. Click here to view some photos and info from last year.

 

Please feel free to share this info with ANY shops, bloggers, friends or family that may be interested in helping out!

 

Thank you again so much!

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