More than a hundred women joined together to assemble a thousand kits for newborn babies at the “Tender Hearts for Babies” workday on Saturday, March 26. Each kit contained a receiving blanket, a knit or crocheted hat, a pacifier, a onesie, and some diapers. Women from area churches and neighborhoods made the blankets and hats and donated money over a period of several months.
“I love to serve,” said participant Karen Bird. “Serving is the best feeling in the world. Today we accomplished a worthy goal with other like-minded women.”
LouAnne Hardy added, “especially knowing we are helping new moms have something for their precious little ones.”
The kits will be donated to mothers who have nothing for their premature or newborn babies to wear home from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino.
Sue Blake, Upland California Stake's Relief Society president, organized the project at the request of the medical center. She presented the idea to the Upland Interfaith Council and the Upland Community Service Council and received enthusiastic support from many organizations.