Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas to ME!

Guess what?  I am an approved milk donor for Helping Hands Milk Bank!!!!  I received the news yesterday while we were out and about.  To say I am excited is an understatement.  I am thrilled!  I am also very humbled.  It absolutely amazes me that something so simple, can be used to help babies all across the U.S.  I truly do feel humbled and honored to be a part of the process.  We were discussing this with the girls.  I was explaining that this was what I wanted for my Christmas present.  I have donated blood before and was telling them it was similar.  The oldest said, "Wow Mommy! It is like you are a secret Santa to little babies!"  That about describes it!   I am very, very excited.  When Helping Hands informed me I was a donor, I got a very thorough email detailing my next steps.  They give you two options.  1.  You can be a one-time donor of your frozen breastmilk. or 2. You can be an on-going donor.  I am going to be an ongoing donor, until the Professor weans himself.  My donor status will last 123 days.  I was able to email them back and place an "order" for my cooler.  They also are supplying me with milk storage bags.  Once I get my first cooler I can fill it up with all my frozen supply and ship it at their expense!  Seriously.  It is that easy!  Also included in my approval email was a list of what exactly happens to my milk after it arrives.  I enjoyed reading it, but here is the best part, and the only reason I am doing this...." If the milk passes all the tests, your thoughtful donation will be made into the only Human Milk Fortifier made from 100% human milk and Standardized Human Milk for use in NICUs around the U.S"  
I love it!  By January 1st, I should have my first shipment delivered!  You better believe I will post an update once I do.  Merry Christmas to ME!


Closer to Lucy said...

A truly selfless gift. May God bless you.

Kristen & Cliff said...