Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Books For Babies

For the second year in a row, Jason and I have helped a local organization collect books for babies. We learned about Project: Cameron's Story two years ago after a news story I had done. A local mom started the foundation in memory of her son who was born very premature. Cameron spent more than 200 days in the NICU and at times his parents couldn't hold him. They turned to reading as a way to bond. After Cameron passed away, the family wanted a way to help other families in similar situations. Now they collect more than 2400 books every year to donate to our local hospitals. The goal is to make sure that EVERY baby admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has a brand new book.

Here's a shot of some of the books
we collected at the game.

I felt a bond with this mom as soon as I heard her story and knew instantly that Project: Cameron's Story was something I had to get involved with. Cameron and Ella were in the NICU at the same time. Although we never met during that time, there is connection that every parent that goes through this experience can relate too. It is a scary time and a situation no one ever expects or wants to be in. I know how important reading was for us while Ella was in the NICU. Jason would sit for hours next to Ella's isolate, reading her stories. They still share this special connection!

Jason reading to Ella in the Nicu...June 2009
 Every February, Cameron's story holds a book drive for one week...collecting new children's books at businesses and offices around the area. This year, Union's hockey team was kind enough to help us promote a big book drive at a game. We ran promos on News 10, the team emailed season ticket holders, blasted the event on the radio and hopefully really helped bring a lot of attention to the cause.
Sara Quartiers, the founder of PCS being
interviewed by News 10.

We collected lots of books (more than 2 big boxes). The Quartiers family (founders of Project: Cameron's Story) came out to the game to watch Union beat Princeton. It was a great night. Jason and I are so happy to be able to take part in this year after year and I look forward to a time when Ella is old enough to understand and be more involved herself.

I'll have an update soon on the total numbers for this year's bookraiser!

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