Eli's Hope

Eli's Hope is a faith-based non-profit organization in the Chicagoland area that seeks to bring hope to families with a child in the NICU by reaching out in practical ways.  This project was founded in honor of Eli, who arrived at 30 weeks in 2005, weighing in at only 3 pounds. Seven years later, Eli is a strong, healthy little boy with a ton of energy!  To read more about Eli's Hope and the little guy who inspired his family to serve the little ones in their community, click here.

"Because of our own personal experiences, we at Eli's Hope are on a mission to share the love and hope we received from Jesus Christ with the families of NICU babies. We don't want NICU parents to experience the feelings of lostness and isolation that we felt. We strive to provide hope in the midst of sorrow, and peace in the midst of chaos. Because even if you have family nearby, good health insurance, and a great hospital, many NICU families are still missing the support they need to make it through, without feeling like they're drowning.

Having a child in the NICU is never an experience that anyone is prepared for. And the long-term effects of being born early or sick can linger for years. Eli's Hope is here to help make the rough places smooth for NICU families, only by the grace of God." 
~Jessica, Eli's mom

These are some examples of how Eli's Hope serves the families in their community.

A sampling of possible NICU Gift Bag items -- educational materials from MedImmune, care package from Graham's Foundation, scent blanket, gift card, tissues, hand sanitizer, lotion, journal/pen, family magazine, hat, letter from Eli's Hope, and postcards from Life After NICU and Papas of Preemies.
Some of the many hats that have been knit and crocheted for NICU babies.
Bereavement items, including gowns, hats, burial buntings, and Teeny Tears diapers.
Part of the mission of Eli's Hope is to provide bereavement gift bags when a family experiences a loss.  They recently introduced their first Teeny Tears diapers to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois, handcrafted by Eli's Hope volunteers.  They also donated special gift bags for NICU parents and children's books for the siblings of NICU babies to read in the waiting room.
Thank you, Eli's Hope, for making an important difference for the families in Chicagoland.

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