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Mothers give back in hospital where they birthed children

Posted at 6:06 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 19:06:09-05

MILWAUKEE, WI - Giving with a grateful heart, that's what one group aims to do each year focusing their efforts on hospital patients in the NICU and cancer unit at Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital.

This year, Grateful Hearts Giving Network is donating 100 bags of goodies to families who could use a little love.

"[Seven years ago] a friend of mine posed a question about what we were doing to give back during the holidays," Amy Scott, founder and president of the network, said.

Scott said she wasn't doing enough to make an impact and that's what inspired her gift bags fit for giving to families at the very hospital she birthed her three boys who now double as little helpers.

"Some people aren't so lucky to have healthy kids at the holidays or any time and it's a lonely time for those people and wanted to give back and pay it forward," Scott said.  

Carolyn Brockland and her husband felt the loneliness of the NICU for 53 days, nine years ago she gave birth to triplets 11 and a half weeks early. Now with grateful hearts of their own, she and her girls are giving back too.

"They came home the day before Thanksgiving and so this time of year is always very special in that we talk a lot about their journey in the hospital and kind of where they came from," said Carolyn Brockland. 

Melissa L. and her baby Ella are now where Brockland once was, but Melissa said she feels even more supported on her journey thanks to the women with the blue bags.

"It's love. It's like love in a bag. I think it's great," Melissa said.  

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