LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Children’s Hospital wanted to give families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit a little holiday fun.
Last month, THV11 showed you the volunteers who came together to make tiny versions of Halloween costumes for the babies in the unit. Those volunteers created nearly 100 handmade Halloween costumes to give parents treasured memories no matter where they are.
Thursday, the hospital revealed the final product.
Natalie Biles, a volunteer with the hospital’s Family Advisory Board, said that being in the NICU is sometimes tough for families because they miss out on a lot of childhood memories. Creating a sense of normalcy was the motivation behind making costumes for every baby in the NICU.
That feeling is something Biles understands personally. Her son was born at 24 weeks weighing only one point nine ounces. That meant spending months in the NICU.
She isn’t alone. Dannifah Jones is another mother facing similar circumstances. Her son has been in the NICU for over three months. She says the gift of a costume makes the hospital feel more like home.
Luckily, her dream of finally being home with her son will soon be reality. They both head home together this Halloween weekend.
The Family Advisory Board for the hospital said they are happy to help families for years to come and hope to continue making these costumes next year. They also encourage people to reach out if they are interested in donating.
If you would like to help NICU patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital, visit their website or call (501) 364-4300.