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Miracle Kid family blanket drive

A gift of comfort

2013 Miracle Kid Family collects blankets & hats for NICU patients

Stacie Rhine, mother of 2013 Miracle Kid Cameron, cannot say enough about the staff at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

She feels indebted to them for saving her son’s life during a five-week stay in the NICU while Cameron battled non-immune hydrops fetalis.

Rhine recently found a way to express her gratitude, by helping patients in the NICU. This summer, she organized a blanket and hat drive for newborns at the hospital.

With the help of several local community groups and churches in the Mill Hall area, Rhine collected 150 blankets and 150 hats for newborns in the NICU.

"Basically this was a way for us to give back," Rhine said. "We had a lot of help when we were staying in the NICU. This is a nice way to give a little extra comfort to the babies and their families."

The donations are appreciated, according to Margaret Heimbuch from the Child Life Department.

"Donations like this help bring a little bit of home to the hospital," said Heimbuch, certified Child Life Specialist. "The warmth and comfort of a blanket can help children cope through the sometimes uncomfortable situations during a hospital stay."

Rhine children
Miracle Kid Cameron Rhine (right) and his
brother Brody sit on top of the boxes of
blankets and hats their family collected for
the Janet Weis Children's Hospital NICU.