Since 2019, Kenzie Kares Foundation has started the Journey Beads program, which provides milestone beads for families to track their babies progress while in the NICU, we've donated over $5,000 in items to Banner Thunderbird NICU such as snacks, toiletries, etc., and we've helped support other local non-profits that assist special needs and foster families with gaining access to necessary supplies and social services needed.
Our lofty goal for 2020 was to expand our outreach of support to NICU families in a very tangible way. Our first KENZIE KARES HOLIDAY DRIVE helped provide very helpful items to parents currently enduring the NICU journey that we wish we would have had along our own journey. We also selected items for the NICU that helped provide play time for kiddos who’s parents cannot be there every moment of every day, as well as a monetary way to donate so we can continue helping in unexpected ways that may come up throughout the year.
2021 we've decided to aim even higher - we've partnered with a company that has a heart for the NICU that mirrors ours, AngelEye Health, who works directly with hospitals to bring a live-streaming camera system to each individual room in the NICU. Our goal this year is to provide each room in the NICU where Mackenzie spent her first 6 months of life with this camera system. This means parents and family can bond and be involved with their child's care even when they are unable to physically be in the room. With COVID limiting visitors in hospitals (as well as the time frame when visitors can come see their child), having a way to connect with your baby when you have to be away can reduce stress and anxiety for parents and encourage bonding which is so key in the care of a brand new baby! We hope you'll join us for the 12 Days of Giving and help us in our endeavors to ease the struggles of the NICU and provide families with the most positive experience in an often terrifying situation.
Everything helps! Thank you for your generosity!
Check out our Amazon Holiday Drive List for items you can tangibly donate to help support NICU families, or if you'd rather support monetarily, we'd love that too! Click below for a link to our Amazon Holiday Drive list, or scroll down to donate monetarily.
Thank you, your support means the world!
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals for 2021 of providing tangible, helpful, supportive items to babies and families currently enduring their own NICU journey.