Lights For Life
There is no better time than the holiday season to touch the lives of some of the most vulnerable people among us!
You can support children and infants in need in our community while honoring a special person in your life through Lights for Life. This is Owensboro Health Foundation’s holiday season tribute project, benefiting Care Bears for Kids and Baby Boxes for Infants in Need.
We invite you to participate in Lights for Life by purchasing a symbolic light, in honor or memory of a loved one. The lights make a thoughtful gift, and are a way of expressing your appreciation for those you love and cherish: friends, family, school teachers, physicians, ministers, coaches, co-workers, or anyone who has held a special place in your heart. A card will be mailed telling of your kindness. The name of the person you honor through a light will also be displayed on the Lights for Life Online Tribute Book and will be displayed in the Messenger-Inquirer on Sunday, December 24th.
In this season of giving, we hope you will remember your friends and loved ones through your contribution to Lights for Life, and help support children and infants in need in our community.
Care Bears For Kids
Over 1,000 children in our community require surgical procedures at Owensboro Health, and almost 6,600 children visit the emergency department for treatment of traumatic illness or injury each year. These are stressful times for children, suddenly finding themselves in a strange environment and facing unknown outcomes.
That is why Care Bears for Kids exists. Every child admitted to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital receives a stuffed bear – a friend who will travel through medical crises with each child, helping alleviate the fear and stress he or she experiences when having surgery or dealing with an illness. Care Bears for Kids has been in existence for 27 years. During the past few years, the need for Care Bears has multiplied tremendously, and to continue Care Bears for Kids we need your help. Your contribution will provide bears to hospitalized children, helping provide them with the peace of mind they need to have the best health outcomes.
Baby Boxes For Infants In Need
Over 2,000 babies are born at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital each year. Not every mother is fortunate enough to provide her newborn with all of the essentials needed to transition the baby home from the hospital.
The Baby Box program was designed to support these new mothers and make sure that each infant leaving the hospital has the basics for his or her first few days at home. The boxes include two onesies, a sleeper, blanket, bib, baby wipes and 24 diapers. The items are packaged neatly into a coat box, wrapped by the Owensboro Health Volunteer Auxiliary, and distributed to the hospital’s Mother/Baby unit. Nurses and case managers provide the boxes to disadvantaged mothers. The program has been in existence for 8 years and has helped over 500 new mothers and babies.
Your contribution will help provide Baby Boxes to infants in need, and allow every new mother to leave the hospital with a good start for her bundle of love.