One sleeper at a time

Woman ex­pands ini­tia­tive to keep new­born ba­bies com­fort­able

The News (New Glasgow) - - COMMUNITY - BY TONY DAVIS Twitter: @TonyDavis

Alyssa Pin­sent was in­spired to ex­pand her ini­tia­tive of col­lect­ing new­born sleep­ers when she fol­lowed the story of Pai­zlee Rose. The pre­ma­ture baby was born at 23 weeks, weigh­ing less than a pound.

Pai­zlee’s mother is an Is­lan­der, so Pin­sent con­tacted her.

“I asked if I could use Pai­zlee as the face of our cam­paign this year, and she said yes. I was re­ally in­spired by her jour­ney.”

Last year Pin­sent was just tak­ing do­na­tions at her home, but this year she is tak­ing do­na­tions at An­drews of Char­lot­te­town, where she works as a care­giver.

Pin­sent is do­nat­ing to the QEH again this year.

“If there are enough do­na­tions, I would like to make a do­na­tion to Prince County Hospi­tal, as well.”

Pin­sent only spent a short time in the neo-na­tal in­ten­sive care unit when her son was born on Dec. 23, 2016. He had to be mon­i­tored, so Pin­sent and her hus­band spent the hol­i­days at the hospi­tal.

“I thought about it last year, as kind of a thank you to the staff and also it is a gift for the fam­i­lies. Es­pe­cially over Christ­mas time it is hard to be there, and year-round they can use the sleep­ers, too.”

She no­ticed there was a lack of sleep­ers dur­ing her stay at the QEH.

“There wasn’t a lot of sleep­ers to go around, es­pe­cially boy sleep­ers. There were a few days I had him in a pink sleeper. There weren’t many op­tions there.”

Pin­sent’s boxes for new­born baby sleep­ers are empty at the mo­ment, and she hopes that changes soon.

“As long as peo­ple are do­nat­ing into De­cem­ber I will take the sleep­ers into the QEH around Christ­mas­time.”

Pin­sent hopes peo­ple in the com­mu­nity stop off at An­drews of Char­lot­te­town with new or lightly used sleep­ers for new­borns.

“If peo­ple are un­com­fort­able go­ing in there, they can con­tact me on Facebook.”

CONTRIBUTED

Alyssa Pin­sent holds up re­cent do­na­tions of new­born sleep­ers at An­drews of Char­lot­te­town where she is ac­cept­ing and do­nat­ing the sleep­ers to the Queens Elizabeth Hospi­tal.

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