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March of Dimes Donors Give “Loving Lambs” to babies in intensive care

New Britain [January 19 2010] - When a baby is born prematurely, parents are thrown into a whole new world of unmet expectations, decisions, and language.

During recent fundraisers at Stanley Tools and throughout New Britain, March of Dimes volunteers asked friends and patrons to “adopt” a cuddly toy lamb, to ensure it would be delivered to a family whose baby is in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit) at the Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC).

More than 20 lambs were delivered to HCC. Each lamb also includes a handwritten message from the donor, conveying support and sentiments of health for the newborn.

“Having a new baby is a time of great excitement,” said Marc Spencer, community director for the March of Dimes. “However, about one in 10 Connecticut newborns are admitted to a NICU because they are born too soon, too small or with a birth defect. As a parent who has experienced having a child in the NICU, I hope these little lambs give a source of comfort to the parents and families of these fragile newborns.”

“These generous gifts will bring a lot of comfort to the newborns in our NICU, and to their parents,” said Carolyn Rossi, R.N., clinical manager of the nurseries at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. “We are grateful that there are so many people who want to make a difference to make sure all babies have a healthy start.”

If you would like to participate in the “Loving Lambs” campaign, or would like more information, please contact the March of Dimes at (860) 812-0080.

Contact: Nancy Martin, (860) 224-5900, X4366














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