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Sorority Charity to Clothe Premature Babies 'Snowballs'

Posted December 24, 2007

— Parents of premature newborns have many worries on their minds, but those whose babies are being cared for at WakeMed will have one less concern, thanks to a sorority's charity project.

"We wanted to one huge thing to do in observance of our centennial," Gale Isaacs, an officer with the Alpha Kappa Alpha's alumni chapter at Shaw University.

Isaacs learned of the needs of premature babies and their families at WakeMed, and she and her sorority sisters decided to make getting clothing for the infants a charity project in honor of AKA's 100th anniversary.

The unexpected arrival of a premature baby often comes with unanticipated difficulties, nurse Linda Resale said.

"Many times, there is not any notice, or if they've had problems with their pregnancy, usually they are on bed rest, so they haven't had time to go and shop for their babies," Kressler said.

The sorority contacted Hudson Belk at Crabtree Valley Mall to see if they could get a discount. The local store official volunteered to call Carter's, a well-known children's clothing manufacturer. Isaacs said they were shocked by the generous response.

"It just snowballed into this huge donation, and we're here today with all the clothes for the premature babies," Isaacs said. "Oh, they are going to be so well dressed."

Carter's donated 13 boxes filled with hundreds of new outfits for the premature babies. The manufacturer also donated some larger clothes that hospital officials said they plan to put into gift baskets to send home with needy families.

Rebbecca Crocker, the mother of premature twins Jamison and Alexandra, expressed her gratitude for the donated clothing. Crocker said said she and her husband Kevin have spent most of their time since the birth watching over their twins in the WakeMed's intensive care nursery.

"It's nice to see that there are people who are still out there who want to help when you are in a tough situation," Kevin Crocker said.


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  • GroupOfPricklyPears Dec 25, 2007

    Many thanks to the sisters of AKA for this greatly needed project. Please correct me if I'm a wrong, I believe this sorority has a long history of compassion and public service. Well done, ladies.

  • Deb1003 Dec 25, 2007

    This is a wonderful project. I delivered twins, unexpectedly, at 26 weeks. The last thing parents are thinking of is buying baby clothes when they don't even know if their child will survive. The project serves the parents and the child(ren)...what a nice story to read on Christmas morning.

  • mrr03 Dec 25, 2007

    Wishing all AKA'S a very Merry Christmas. Hope your are blessed forever..Great project.

  • lynddsy Dec 25, 2007

    CONGRADULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU!! i think this is a very thoughtful and wonderful idea. don't worry about what others say. alot of new parents don't start buying till late and others that have lost babies really start late. i think this is a unique and wonderful project for your 100th celebration! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!:)

  • tina2117 Dec 25, 2007

    Of course you know you're having a baby. But preemies often come unexpectedly. My daughter was born 4 months early due to an emergency c-section to save my life. She was born at 25 weeks and weighed 1.5 pounds. That's not what I planned and bought baby items for. And when your child is in an incubator hooked up to a ventihalator, the last thing you're thinking about is running to Belk's to buy some clothes. I think it's a wonderful project that will provide much needed help to many families.

  • greg in wake forest Dec 25, 2007

    Catch22, I must take exception to your comment. Anyone who knows me knows that I believe in prior preparation. The birth of my son was no different. My wife and I were prepared...for a full term baby. But when she developed health complications, Our son was delivered by emergency C-section 7 weeks early. The trips 1 hour each way every day for a month and spending your time at the hospital taking care of a premature baby kinda eats away at your time to shop. My wife and I had no time to shop for Christmas
    Our son finally came home on the 23rd. I think that what this Sorority did was a very heartfelt and sincere thing. It brought a lot of smiles to people's faces...people who are trying to cope with not having their newborn home for Christmas, not to mention whether or not their child will even make it due to the complications of having a preemie. Hats off to AKA, and thank you.

  • catch22 Dec 25, 2007

    They could not think of a better one hundred year anniversary project? You know your having a baby, why would you not be prepared? Is Duke going to have a project of providing wigs to cancer patients? UNC providing backpacks to patients who can not carry out there medicines? If your going to do something make it worth wild.

  • djofraleigh Dec 24, 2007

    This is a hot topic because it is like opening a present in the morning to hear that some college kids asked for something good for the tiniest of tiny Tim's on Christmas and Cartiers answered with a shout of Merry Christmas to Wake County.

  • kittiboo Dec 24, 2007

    Fabulous project- I've worried that if my baby comes early she wouldn't have any clothes to fit her! Awesome for Carter's to donate so generously- they are a great company!

  • Evil one Dec 24, 2007

    With one comment in approx 1.5 hrs how is this a "hot topic"?