Wednesday, August 23, 2017

How To Host A Care Package Drive In 5 Easy Steps!






How To Host A Care Package Drive For Coping With LM In 5 Easy Steps! 

Step 1 
Choose your reason
Pint-Sized Powerhouse Birthday Party

Supraglottoplasty Anniversary / Survivors Party

In memory of your Pint-Sized Powerhouse

Just because 

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Step 2 
Send invites, 
include Coping With LM's Wishlist

All donations are tax deductible.
Monetary donations can be made at copingwithlm.org

Helpful tip:
When collecting donations, be sure to include each donors name and mailing address with a list of items donated so Coping With LM can personally thank them! 

How To Help resource page, found here.

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Jenna says, 
"I've  asked people to check in with their crafter friends. 
I've received gorgeous handmade things for drives from family members of my friends looking for a reason to knit/crochet/sew."



Amazon Wishlist, found here.


Full blog post, found here.


Step 3 
Collect donations, 
educate donors on airway disorders and 
how Coping With LM helps families cope.


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Free Coping With LM e-Book, found here.


Read reviews of Coping With LM on Great Nonprofits! 

Step 4
Gather all donated items and post a picture on social media, be sure to tag Coping With LM!
Coping With LM can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Jenna says,
"When I get a donation I post pictures of it. It's a natural way to mention the Care Package Drive again and it's a nice acknowledgement for the people helping out."

Step 5
Send items to Coping With LM and feel good knowing YOU made a difference!

All donations can be mailed to:
Coping With LM
PO Box 313
Port Monmouth, NJ 07758
USA





Thank you so much for your support! 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Why Coping With LM Asks For Handmade Blankets

It was June of 2010, somewhere in the middle of the night and early morning. I sat at my computer, starring into the computer screen. A handful of tabs were opened, laryngomalacia-supraglottoplasty-surgery for an infant-what to pack for a hospital stay. 

Earlier that day, I signed the pre-op papers for my four month old daughter to have airway surgery. She had life threatening laryngomalacia, severe apnea, GERD, bradycardia, left ventricular hypertrophy and feeding difficulties that left her gasping for every breath. 

Medical intervention was needed and it was needed as soon as possible





Stridor filled our house. Loud and forceful then somehow comforting; at least I knew she was breathing.The lump in the throat and tightness in my chest was a constant reminder of what lay ahead, the thought of laying my baby into the arms of a surgeon made me physically ill. 




I knew I couldn't change what was about to happen but I could do my best to make her comfortable. I spent hours searching online for a blanket, I wanted it to be soft and warm. 

I wanted her to feel wrapped in love and strength

Would a Carter's blanket hold the same significance? If I purchased a blanket from Etsy, would the seller know my baby was about to have life saving airway surgery? Could he/she even pronounce laryngomalacia?

Handmade blankets that were donated to Coping With LM in Spring of 2017.

Unable to make a decision in mist of the storm, I brought a generic baby blanket to the hospital. As I sat in PICU and watched her breathe, I couldn't stop wishing she had something more.

As the months went on, my daughter began thriving. 
Surgery was a success and my baby was finally breathing easy! 

It was time to help others

Coping With LM's Care Package Program was created and shortly after, donated handmade blankets were being given to babies recovering from airway surgery, all around the world! 

Last year alone, Coping With LM gave 106 blankets from California to Canada to Ireland and beyond! 

Handmade blankets that were donated to Coping With LM in  Summer of 2017


No longer are babies with airway disorders laying in cold, sterile hospital beds. 

They are now wrapped in love and strength!  

 Gillian, mom of a Pint-Sized Powerhouse says, 
"Receiving a care package from Coping With LM made me feel like I wasn't alone, supported, cared for, wrapped in the kindness of that beautiful handmade hat and blanket."

The love and time every donor puts into each blanket does not go unnoticed. From a mother who wished for her baby to be wrapped in such beauty, I thank you. 

Blankets to books, everyone can support the cause!  
Learn how you can make a difference here.

Want to donate items from home? 
Visit our Amazon Wishlist here.

In health & happiness, 
Stephanie Hueston
CWL Founder and President
copingwithlm@yahoo.com