Lil’ Liza Lou’s PINK Program provides comfort to premature and critically ill infants and their families at Presbyterian Hospital NICU, in Charlotte, NC by giving gifts of handcrafted embroidered one of a kind kimonos. These are given at random to babies in the NICU, The Grad Program, for babies having an extended stay in the NICU. The PINK Program donates these items free of charge to families at Presbyterian Hospital’s NICU. It is an invaluable ministry for babies and families dealing with the trauma of a NICU stay.
Since September 22, 2011 Lil’ Liza Lou has provided: Over 64 kimonos to babies. All are embroidered with a special baby’s first name.
Starting in May of 2012, the PINK Program NICU Kimono Pattern was made available for people to start their own chapters of PINK for FREE. What started in Louisville, KY, at Norton Suburban Hospital, and now continued at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC and has grown into a huge movement where people have started their own PINK Programs to include, (but certainly are not limited to): Quebec, University of Missouri Children’s Hospital, Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, MN, Centralia, WA, North Eastern Mississippi, Adelaide, South Australia, Winston Salem, NC, Washington State, Greenbrier TN, Uniontown Ohio, Bogue Chitto, MS, Spokane, WA, Dallas Children’s Hospital, Sacred Heart or Deaconess NICU in Spokane, WA, Somerset, PA, and Pensacola, FL. Calgary Alberta Canada, can be added to the list of places, along with Boise, Idaho, Bakersfield, CA, Tyler, TX, Athens, GA, Jackson-Madison County Hospital in Jackson, TN, Erlanger at Hutcheson in Fort Oglethorpe, GA, Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, Southeast Idaho, and Coquitlam, British Colombia, and Sweden.
Frequently asked questions:
1) Why in the world would you donate something for free that costs so much time, energy, and effort? There are several reasons. One reason is because Evelyn, (Owner of Lil’ Liza Lou) was herself in the NICU for several months, suffered a heart problem, had open heart surgery, and the prognosis was grim. Evelyn has always had a heart for preemies. The second reason, Evelyn’s good friend from college suffered a late miscarriage, and, she just wanted to do something where parents could know their child was/is special. That is why each one is embroidered with the child’s name. It is in Fernanda’s honor that the PINK Program was started. The third reason, is that Evelyn’s daughter was admitted to the NICU when she was born, and the noises, not knowing if your baby would be ok, is all completely overwhelming. Evelyn just wanted to do a random act of kindness, for families that are affected by prematurity and critical illnesses. Fourth, it is Evelyn’s belief that she should share her gift and talents with the world. This is why the pattern is given for free to people who desire to donate kimonos to babies and families.
2) How much does the pattern cost? Nothing. It is FREE. Really. Evelyn asks that you just email her, at Lil.Liza.Lou@gmail.com, and state that you want it, and, she will send the PDF file to you within 24 hours… (usually within a few minutes).
3) How can I help? If you would like to make kimonos and send them to Evelyn to embroider and donate, email Evelyn, and she will let you know where to send them. You can donate fabric (flannel), already made kimonos, or donate money (through PayPal) toward fabric/supplies. Evelyn’s email is Lil.Liza.Lou@gmail.com.