Infants in The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Birchmount campus will be kept even more cozy – and stylish! – thanks to a generous donation from a local Carter’s OshKosh store.
On April 6, Kait Irvin, Manager of the Warden Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East Carter’s OshKosh location, presented staff at the Birchmount campus NICU with nearly $1,000 worth of infant ‘onesies’ and sleepers. The clothing was organized by gender into more than a dozen separate gift bags, each containing a five-pack of onesies, a sleeper, and two individual onesies.
The money to purchase the clothing was donated by staff at the store, who also used their employee discount to buy as much infant wear as possible.
When asked why her staff chose to donate to TSH, Kait’s answer was simple: “We’re from Scarborough, TSH is our community hospital, and this was our way of being able to give back.”
Kait also admits that she has a personal connection to TSH. “My brother, sister, and I were all born at the Birchmount campus and I have had surgery here,” she said.
“I know my way around the outpatient care department very well,” she adds with a smile.
Janine Jackson, Patient Care Manager for the Family Maternity Centre at the Birchmount campus, says she was “speechless” was she first saw Kait delivering the many gift bags to the unit.
“This is just so generous. We can’t thank the staff at Carter’s OshKosh enough,” said Janine.
“This clothing will be incredibly useful for us to dress the babies when they are able to go from an incubator to a regular cot,” explains Pearly Chad, a Registered Nurse in the Birchmount NICU.
“In addition, we can also use the clothing for parents who need an outfit for their baby when they take them home,” adds Janine.
Kait says her staff are hoping to plan another round of fundraising in the near future to buy more clothing for the NICU.
For more information about donating to TSH, visit The Scarborough Hospital Foundation’s website.