Community donates blankets, clothes to NICU after laundry service loses theirs

NICU in need of donations

**UPDATE: YOU GUYS RESPONDED IN A HUGE WAY. THANK YOU!**

Levine Children’s says they received an extraordinary amount of blankets Thursday, and are wholly grateful. But, they now have no more space. It’s a wonderful problem to have. If you still want to donate blankets and swaddles, I’d suggest checking any other hospital around. NICU’s are always in need of kindness. THANK YOU ALL!

Levine Children's Hospital received lots of donated blankets for their NICU after a laundry service lost theirs. (Levine Children's Hospital)
Levine Children's Hospital received lots of donated blankets for their NICU after a laundry service lost theirs. (Levine Children's Hospital)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The NICU at Levine Children’s needs clothes and bright blankets or swaddles after a laundry service lost many of them.

I first heard this from the mother of baby Andrew Hill, who was born at 27 weeks at just over two pounds. He stayed in NICU for 86 days.

“The little things like decorating an isolate or crib mean everything when you feel so helpless,” his mom Adrienne said. “It puts a sense of normalcy to an overwhelming helpless situation. I know you have followers who care about these kids, and the staff would be so thankful.”

I reached out to Levine's to confirm the story -- it's true.

They said once the laundry service lost lots of their items, a nurse put together a blanket drive on Facebook asking for donations. They've been getting things in from everywhere, but say they're also in need of things throughout the year, as they get worn from being washed.

"But I don't want people to think we don't have the supplies needed," the nurse said. "We absolutely do, but we're just trying now to replenish the stock that was lost."

The hospital said they could use some added donations for preemie, newborn and 0-3-month sizes. For more information, contact MaryLeigh Ryan, a social worker, at maryleigh.ryan@atriumhealth.org.

“Those little outfits and blankets meant everything to help us get home in a healthy, normal way,” said Adrienne. “We’ve donated much of Andrew’s clothes back in hopes they can help other families.”

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