Wee Help: Provides layette kits and Safe Sleep Packages to mothers for their newborns. Layette Kit contains a new receiving blanket, clothing, diapers, bottle, pacifier, bib, washcloth, baby book and knitted hat. Safe Sleep Package contains a portable crib/bassinet, sheet and wearable blanket.
Since 1994, 11,443 newborns benefited.
This year 1,112 babies received:
961 kits and/or 151 Safe Sleep Packages (Portable Crib/Bassinet, Sheet, and Wearable Blanket)
at 24 hospitals/maternal programs.
Wee Help Program Provides Infant Layette Kits for New Moms
Imagine being a new mom and not having the resources to provide your newborn with basic infant necessities. During these difficult economic times, this is a sad reality for many mothers. Helping meet the newborn’s immediate needs, Wee Help, a philanthropic program of Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, provides infant layette kits to limited-income mothers as they leave the hospital.
All brand-new items make up the Wee Help kit: a receiving blanket, 8 diapers, 2 sleepers, 2 “Onesies”, a bottle, pacifier, washcloth, bib, baby book, and a hat knitted by members and volunteers. Wee Help volunteers personally assemble and deliver hundreds of kits to over 20 hospitals, birthing facilities, and children’s care centers year-round.
Both organizations and recipients are extremely appreciative. “I am eternally grateful. Your kindness is special and so are you. We love ‘Wee Help! wrote a new mother of twins. Upon taking delivery of more Wee Help layettes, Arlene MacEachran, Pediatric/OB Social Worker at St. John Hospital (Detroit) Birthing Center, commented, “Sometimes mothers bring nothing but joy and their hope for a healthy baby, so when they receive the Wee Help kit, it just lights up their faces They are so touched, it brings tears to their eyes.”
Since 1994, 10,331 Wee Help kits have been delivered to facilities locally and throughout Michigan. In FY 2018-19, 1,008 kits were delivered.
Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, a nonprofit, all-member volunteer organization since 1993, provides clothing, food, tutoring, educational support, supplies, and care kits to thousands of individuals in need throughout Michigan. Funds raised from the all-volunteer staffed Assistance League ReSale Connection, fundraisers, grantors, and contributors help support our philanthropic programs, helping thousands of people year-round.
For more information, stop in ReSale Connection, call (248) 656-0414, or visit: www.semich.AssistanceLeague.org.