There was a distinctive need for this charity to begin.
Did you know that 15 million babies arrive too soon—before 37 weeks of pregnancy? The U.S. alone has half a million preterm babies each year.
Worldwide, pre-eclampsia is responsible for up to 20% of the 13 million preterm births each year. Although U.S. research is scant on this topic, this same rate applied in the U.S. means preeclampsia is one of the leading known causes of prematurity, responsible for as many as 100,000 of the total 500,000 premature births annually in the US.
Preeclampsia has been linked to a host of lifelong challenges for infants born prematurely, among them learning disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, blindness and deafness. With prematurity, the risk of extended hospitalization, small gestational size and interruption of valuable bonding time for families are other issues to be realized.
This is why we began the Tiny Steps of Hope Initiative. Our efforts are aimed at providing assistance and support to the parents and families who have encountered a premature birth and now struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy. We strive to bring a ray of hope by means of our ‘Precious Bundle’ Project and to offer support, understanding and outreach at a difficult time in their lives.
Tiny Steps of Hope Initiative also supports the endeavors of the March of Dimes and its work to fight premature births.
Tiny Steps of Hope is a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative whose commitment is to provide support, comfort, understanding and nursery necessities to parents encountering the premature birth of a child. The initiative recognizes the extreme emotional, physical and financial toll parents and families endure when a child is born prematurely. Through the provision of ‘Precious Bundles’ and other essential preemie needs, the Tiny Steps of Hope Initiative aids and assists individuals and families by providing preemie sized clothing, diapers and other nursery items; generally not yet acquired due to the infant’s early and unexpected arrival. We seek to diminish the chaos parents and families experience during a baby’s stay in the NICU and aspire to bring composure to the disruption of day-to-day living by addressing specific needs and providing additional resources for assistance and support.
Jennifer Morris – Founder & Board President
Jill Ling – President-In-Fact
Sierra Roberts – Treasurer
Kristen Dayton – Secretary
Beverly Hogue – Executive Director
Annual Basket Bash
White Elephant Yard Sale
Holes for Hope Golf Outing
Annual Pledge Drive