(Media release) â€” Starting this month, newborns on the Island of Hawaii will receive a special â€œwelcome to the worldâ€ gift thanks to the generosity of a philanthropic organization, the time and energy of volunteers and the dedication of a team of early childhood educators.
The Newborn Baskets project is one of several early childhood initiatives spearheaded on the Island of Hawaii by Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families. The basket project, originally started in 2004, took a brief hiatus in 2009 and is resuming this fall in all three hospitals on the Island of Hawaii.
The first basket â€” filled with tools and resources to strengthen families â€” was delivered on Sept. 10 at Hilo Medical Center to newborn Rydan DeMello and parents Wehilani Johnson and Ricky DeMello. Similar assembly work and deliveries will be done by volunteers from Family Support Hawaii for North Hawaii Community Hospital and Kona Community Hospital. Read more