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Why Giving Is Genius

Kelli with a NICU MomIt’s that time of year – from public radio to your place of worship to non-profit organizations across the country, all have begun or are gearing up for the giving season. From telethons to texting campaigns, special events and direct mail, we are all are hoping you will choose our mission to support. It is a hard choice. There are so many deserving charities who make an incredible difference in the lives of children, veterans, those with cancer or special needs. From clean drinking water in Africa, to after school education and enrichment programs in low income areas, the need is great and funding is limited.

I was recently given the book The Genius of Generosity by Chip Ingram. Ingram explains that he paired the words genius and generosity together to emphasize that a life overflowing with care and concern for others is a brilliant way to live. He teaches that both practically and spiritually giving generously is one of the smartest, most intellectually sound and emotionally satisfying decisions we can make. Basically, it feels good to give!

And I would add that it is not just giving of financial resources, but of time and talents that give one a sense of meaning and fulfillment. From delivering meals to the elderly to providing peer support to a new NICU family, there are countless ways you can make an impact in the lives of those in our community.

If your life or that of a close friend or relative has been impacted by a NICU stay or loss, we hope you will consider supporting the mission of Hand to Hold this giving season either through a monetary gift or volunteer hours. To find out how a gift of just $25 dollars can provide critical support to a NICU family, visit our gift registry.

Austin Marathon Water StopIf you are an athlete (or aspire to be one), we invite you to run on our behalf in the upcoming Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and Paramount 5K; or if like me, you failed gym class and only run when chased, we invite you to join us at our Water Stop to help keep the runners hydrated and to provide a little support and encouragement along the way.

To find out about the many volunteer opportunities at Hand to Hold please visit our website or send our volunteer team a message.

With your help, we can ensure all NICU families have a Hand to Hold during and after a NICU stay or loss of a baby! Remember, generosity is genius because it changes our lives and that of others.

Kelli Kelley Signature 
Kelli D. Kelley
Founder and Executive Director

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The NICU and Your Relationship

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Living With Grief: My Story of Infant Loss

Stacey and FamilyHow do you move forward after the loss of a child? NICU Mom Stacey Skrysak shares how she has coped with her grief after the loss of two of her triplets in hopes that it will give some perspective and hope to others.

Healthy Breathing: 5 Tips for Managing Respiratory Symptoms

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NICU Heroes Awards Finalists Pt 1

Kathy Knoll2014 NICU Heroes Awards Finalists NICU Nurses Kathy Knoll of Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver and Natalie Sorrentino of St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado are honored for their compassion.

NICU Heroes Awards Finalists Pt 2

Michelle WhiteNICU Nurses Michelle White of Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children in Huntsville, Alabama and Marilee Lawson of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, California were also honored for their outstanding care. Be sure to watch for the 2015 NICU Heroes Award nominations in the spring!  

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Preemie Power 2014

Little Super Heroes Show Us Their Preemie Power!

We are thrilled to welcome so many amazing children who have been entered in Hand to Hold's 5th Annual Preemie Power Photo & Essay Contest. We will be announcing finalists very soon - and winners on November 17th during Prematurity Awareness Month. We hope you will take a moment to read and share supportive comments to spread even more hope and joy to these wonderful families and their super hero children. Families represent 30 states, Canada, Israel and Peru! 

Baby Shower

Mark Your Calendar for a Baby Shower

Hand to Hold's first annual Baby Shower Ladies Luncheon, presented by The Mrs, is coming soon on November 14, 2014 in Austin, Texas. This sold-out event will give NICU families and friends a unique celebration to raise more awareness and resources to advance Hand to Hold's mission to help more families in Central Texas and across the country. If you'd like to support this effort but cannot be present, consider a gift from Hand to Hold's Gift Registry.

Become a Helping Hand Peer Mentor

Mom holding a preemieVolunteer to support a family like yours. Become a Helping Hand peer mentor and use your experience to help a fellow NICU parent. Sign up for our online training and our Family Support Navigators will guide you through the process.

Chat With Healthcare Experts Each Month

Jill WilkeOur October Facebook chat featured RN and Resolve Through Sharing Educator Jill Wilke who moderated a conversation about the losses parents experience in the NICU. Watch our Facebook page for the next chat in November. If you have a topic or speaker you'd like to suggest, contact Erika Goyer.

Thanks for Your Support


For Healthcare Providers

MilesHand to Hold offers two resources exclusively for NICU health professionals. First is Hand to Hold's NICU Resource Library, a collection of educational materials available by subscription for NICU families in English and Spanish. Endorsed by the National Perinatal Association, these materials complement Family-Centered Care practices. We also offer brochures, posters, newsletters and fliers to help healthcare professionals connect families to the free support Hand to Hold offers. 

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   About Hand to Hold
Hand to Hold logoHand to Hold is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing comprehensive navigation resources and support programs to parents of preemies, babies born with special health care needs and those who have experienced a loss due to these or other complications. 

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