PINK Program

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.

26 responses to “PINK Program

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  2. I love that you do this program! It is an amazing way to bless others with your gift and let them know that people are thinking and praying for them! You are so awesome Evelyn and I am so happy that you are doing this. May the Lord continue to bless you.

    • Thank you so much! It is an awesome blessing to not only the parents, but such a blessing to me. I enjoy it so much. Two more this week and then it will be 25 total since September. 🙂

  3. Evelyn, I see the Lord inspired you, thanks for sharing it. It is such a wonderful idea, I was really moved. Keep on in faith. :o)

  4. What a special gift! Our daughter was full term but unexpectedly ended up in NICU. I was in ICU and so worried about her, unable to see her. When I finally got photos of her & saw she was dressed in cute clothes, it was so special. I felt like she was really being taken care of & it eased my heartache a bit. God bless you!

  5. cristina sanchez

    I would like to have the pattern for those, so we can have a project service in my church, and donate some. Thanks in advance.

  6. I wish there was something like these available when I had my twins. Nothing worse then being in the NICU with either no clothes or baggy clothes because everything is super huge on preemie’s little wee bodies… never mind avoiding all the wires etc.

    Wish I knew how to sew so I could start a program here.

    • I have several ways you can help. If you don’t sew, you can donate, (fabric, bias tape, supplies, gift cards, or donations through Paypal, (Lil.Liza.Lou@gmail.com, etc). I am not charging for the pattern, but I am using any moneys received from it, to go toward the PINK Program … So far I have been using money from LLL to fund my little project.
      -Evelyn.

  7. Wish I had these when my preemie was in the hospital! It was so hard to keep her clothed because of the IVs, feeding tube & other items to tend to her needs & monitor her vitals. I still have a hat that was made by the lovely ladies at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville, TN & the quilt from the Ronald McDonald House – they are now almost 6 years old 🙂
    I read your comment on Lil Blue Boo’s site & wanted to come check this out. Thank you for your heart & this minsitry. Blessings!

  8. Thank you for the pattern! I’m studying it but can’t figure out how big to make the seams. I don’t have a serger.

  9. I am hoping to get this pattern .. my grandchildren can be born at any time , but they are trying to keep them safely in the womb til at least 30 weeks.. these little kimonos will be perfect for Willow and Kenneth Jr when they make their entrance into this world much sooner then planned.

  10. Hi…

    I’m in Victoria, Australia… I have the equipment to embroider and make these items… I’d like to donate… How do I go about it?

    Thanks,
    Tess

  11. Which hospital in Winston Salem NC participates? I work at a hospital there and a few other girls in my department also sew!

    • I am not sure which one. You can contact the hospitals there and ask. They should be able to tell you more than me. I know there were people who planned to donate there.

  12. I am inTyler,TX and would love to connect with whoever provides the gowns around here. I am very interested in making and donating some if you can get me in touch with the right people!

  13. I am from Pineville, LA. Our granddaughter, Lizzie, was born on March 12, 2013, at 39 weeks of our daughter’s pregnancy (very healthy pregnancy). We were not aware of anything wrong until after her birth. She stayed in NICU and 5 days after her birth, tests came back that she had Trisomy 18. Mom, Dad and grandmothers stayed with her round the clock. We had wonderful care in NICU. She was blessed with a beautiful Baptismal gown made by a volunteer group of elderly ladies that loved to sew and crochet and knit. We were able to keep that Baptismal gown. We had to say goodbye to Lizzie on April 6, 2013, after such a short time. So I know the hardship that the families endure in NICU and want to give back a little something from Lizzie. I would love to buy your pattern and do the same for the NICU babies here in our area (Central Louisiana).

    • Brenda,

      I am so sorry for your family’s loss. That is heart breaking. I am currently working on a pattern for a bereavement/baptismal/christening style gown. The pattern is almost done. If you send me an email, at Lil.Liza.Lou@gmail.com, I will send it to you as soon as it is ready.

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