FROM OUR HEART
We are so excited and blessed to be celebrating this special time with you. We are even more thrilled to have connected with an organization that helps refugee children overseas to have more comforted lives from the moment they enter this world.
Please join us in celebrating the upcoming arrival of baby Austin by helping those babies arriving in refugee camps. We have selected two projects to which you can contribute. Each project and description are listed below. Any amount, big or small, is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
About a year ago I read a story about positive connections that were made through Facebook comments, one of these connections led to the creation of One Refugee Child and the stroller project. I was immediately touched by what these women, who were strangers to one another and who lived in different parts of the world, were doing out of a shared desire to love and care for some of our worlds most vulnerable. This at a time when news reports of the war in Syria only seemed to be getting worse and the faces of women, men and children, in their despair, were making their way to our screens. The devastation was overwhelming. And yet One Refugee Child had found a way to do something simple and powerful. I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
When Chad and I found out we were expecting our fourth child, we were thrilled, as were our kids. With an almost 6 six year gap between our current youngest and the new baby, we had long since given away the last of our baby items but we weren’t too worried. We knew babies really don’t need that much. We’ve been through this before. We’ll figure it out. One thing is for sure… this baby will be loved. He will have plenty of arms to hold him. He will have a home and a safe bed; he will be well fed; he will be safe and secure. He will be brought into a world where his experience offers peace, security, comfort and lots of love.
The more we prepared for the arrival of our baby, the more the reality of other babies and children around the world kept presenting itself as a stark difference. As much as I wish it weren't true, there are so many children who will be born into the world and not experience the things we know our baby will. They will not know peace, security, and comfort. In the case of refugees, by no fault of their parents and in no way a result of their lack of love, babies and children do not have homes and safe beds, are not well fed, and have lost their sense of safety and security. All things their parents desperately want to provide them, just as Chad and I want to for our own children. They are loved, that is for sure, but their families have suffered in ways we cannot even begin to imagine. Their most basic needs become difficult to meet when fleeing terror and the destruction of the only homes they have ever known.
And so it became clear, the most beautiful way we can think of to celebrate and honor our sweet baby, Austin John, is by helping families who have lost everything as they desperately try to save their babies and children's lives. As we decorate Austin’s nursery and fill his diaper bag, One Refugee Child is helping to ensure refugee families have some relief in their journey by offering them a stroller. This stroller becomes a much treasured mode of transportation, but also a comfortable place to sleep and a safe place for baby. Once families make it to a refugee camp, One Refugee Child helps respond to the dire circumstances in the camps by offering newborn hygiene kits that help alleviate the high occurrence of severe diaper rash that leads to illness and infection simply because parents do not have what they need to properly care for their baby’s precious bottoms. These are the projects we are hoping to support in honor of Austin.
We are excited to see what we can do together out of our love for our baby and babies around the world. Thank you for contributing in the ways you can, big or small. We look forward to the day when we can tell Austin about what he inspired.
With much love and gratitude,
Kim and Chad
Brooklyn, Braden and Addison
PROJECT ONE STROLLER
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For $70USD we can put together an infant hygiene kit that will last six months for one infant. This kit will include diapers, wipes, diaper creme, baby bath wash, vaseline, hand sanitizer, sponge, cloths and small bags for diaper disposal. For more information on this project click here.
Project One Stroller provides strollers to refugee families with infants and toddlers to assist on their journey in Greece and to their final home. The strollers also serve as safe transportation and beds for the children. $65 USD purchases one reclining stroller - a perfect bed on wheels for their travels. For more information on this project click here.
“The most beautiful way we can think of to celebrate and honor our sweet baby, Austin John, is by helping families who have lost everything as they desperately try to save their babies and children's lives.”
PROJECT HEALTHY BABY
BABY SHOWER CELEBRATION
Thank you for your donations on behalf of our newborn son Austin! We raised over $1,000 for the care of babies arriving in refugee camps.