For a long while now, I’ve wanted to volunteer some time for a charity that I really believe in. With my schedule at the moment, I’ve found it really hard to commit time to fundraising or charity events, as they usually clash with something else. I would hate to be a volunteer that changes at the last minute, so instead, I’ve waited until I could find a volunteer area that I could really commit to.
I stumbled across this Facebook post the other day, shared by one of my family members. The post was from Tiny Sparks WA, who are a not-for-profit charity run by volunteers, supporting women and their families who are going through high risk pregnancies, have newborns in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), or special care nurseries (SCN), specifically for King Edwards Memorial Hospital, which is a specialist care hospital in Perth, Western Australia.
Tiny Sparks WA provides NICU Care Packages to families with premature babies, containing a NICU specific boy / girl outfit, inkless hand and foot wipes allowing parents to create a keepsake, and a few other items to ensure parents and their families can concentrate on their newborn.
Where I, and hopefully a lot of other people, come in, is providing the sewn NICU outfits to go into the NICU Care Packages. These IV friendly outfits are specifically designed for tiny premature babies, and are sewn in bright and colourful patterns. Tiny Sparks WA rely on volunteers sewing these outfits to be able to add them to the care packages, so I would think they are in relatively high demand.
Tiny Sparks WA supply the girl sewing pattern, and the boy sewing pattern with pictorial directions for new sewers – you can see the details here. The outfits have pop buttons for ease of access, and Tiny SParks WA is able to add these buttons on – volunteers who are unable to do so don’t need to, which I think is great. Once volunteers sew the outfits, they are sent to Tiny Sparks WA home base at 13/18 Stirling Highway, Nedlands, Western Australia, 6009.
I plan to ask our local craft stores for donations of fabrics, and sew outfits for Tiny Sparks WA in order to support their cause. Even if I don’t get fabric donations, I’ll will still be sewing some outfits. I have never sewn a piece of clothing before, so I know there will definitely be a learning curve following the patterns and lining the outfits, but I think this is the best of both worlds for me personally; I still get to create things, and I get to support a worthy cause and families in need at the same time.
I wanted to share this post in case any of you would like to join in. Whether you live in Western Australia, Australia, or internationally, your one or two outfits can make a big difference to this organisation, and the families which need support.
The outfits are made with pop buttons for ease of access for medical professionals – you don’t need to sew these buttons on, as Tiny Sparks WA is able to add these to the outfits later. This is something I really want to bring to your attention, as I can imagine this aspect might make people shy away .. I mean I certainly don’t know how to add these buttons!
This organisation and its’ support really hits home for me. I’ve had family members and friends with premature babies who have required NICU treatment, and have seem them persevere through these trying times. I think what Tiny Sparks WA do is amazing; and after seeing the post, I know what my volunteering role to Tiny Sparks WA can be.
If you’re unable to volunteer your talent, you can support this organisation by making a donation – any donations counts and makes a difference. The link to donate is here.
Just in case there is any confusion, I just want to confirm I’ve not been asked by Tiny Sparks WA to write this post. This is simply me wanting to share this cause with all of you, in the hope it makes a tiny bit of difference to this wonderful organisation, and all that it does.