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Helping Hands Program Aids Parents of Newborns

DAYTON, OHIO, April 4, 2008 – Some infants surprise their parents by making their entry into the world way sooner than expected. Centerville mom Leslie Cayot knows the feeling. Her twin daughters were born at Miami Valley Hospital six weeks before their expected due date.

The last thing Leslie had on her mind was packing an overnight as she was being rushed to the hospital. Because she did not want other parents to be in the same situation she found herself in, Leslie came up with the ideal of providing “Care Kits” to families whose trip to the hospital may resulting in an earlier than expected birth or having a child admitted to the hospital in critical condition.

She proposed her idea to Dayton’s Mothers of Twins Club, an organization of which she is a member. Club members approved and Leslie’s idea as she says “began to take flight”.

The Helping Hands Program provides parents with a bag of travel size toiletries including a tooth brush, tooth paste, hand lotion, deodorant and tissues. Kits also include a hospital gift card to purchase meals and a note pad and pen.

Last week Leslie and Meredith Koerner, president of Dayton Mother of Twins Club presented staff members of Miami Valley Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 100 Helping Hands kits. The kits will be distributed to parents in order to assist them with getting through the first few hours of an unexpected hospital stay.

“Helping Hands is totally funded through donations,” says Leslie. “Members of our club are the ones who are making it possible to give the kits to local hospitals. They are the ones seeking product and cash donations and are helping with the kit assembly and delivery.”

Leslie says her committee started the project last summer and established a goal of reaching 1,200 families. The group has nearly reached their goal. So far 600 kits have been prepared by Leslie’s committee and distributed to local hospitals.
“I know parents will appreciate receiving a Helping Hands kit,” says Laura Harris, RN, nurse manager of Miami Valley Hospital’s NICU. “Parents are not thinking about packing a suitcase as they are rushing to get to the hospital. The gift of a Helping Hands kit will mean a great deal to them.”

Support for the Helping Hands Program can be sent to:  The Dayton Mother of Twins Club, Helping Hands Program, c/o Program Chair Leslie Cayot, 7209 Green Ash Court, Centerville, OH  45459.