Love Bears Have a New Home With The Little Miracles in The NICU

Imagine being pregnant and thinking in 9 months you will bring your baby boy or girl home.  But suddenly something has gone wrong with either the mother or the baby and the baby is born weeks earlier than he/she supposed to.  What a devastating feeling.  Now imagine after being in the NICU ( neonatal intensive care unit) several weeks and the holidays are fast approaching.  Your baby has hit the 4lb mark and seems to be better and you are excited about going home for Christmas.  Then comes the bad news, ” I am sorry, your little one is not well enough to be on his own away from 24/7 care and cannot go home during Christmas.” What a disappointment, especially if you have other children at home.  Your world stops as you want to be home but you can’t.

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The Gift of Life Founder, Rosie Moore, knows all too well what that is like when she received the news that her little baby could not come home for Christmas.  They had other children at home and had to make the most of spending Christmas at home and then the entire family made the trip to the NICU to give little Kaleb, his very first Christmas gifts.  He wasn’t even supposed to be born until after Christmas in January some time but he came 13 weeks early.  Kaleb was born at 27 weeks , 1lb 10oz.

Someone at Florida Hospital cared and on Christmas day gave Rosie a book, Marcus her husband received an umbrella and the baby a little rattle as well as Christmas outfits from the nurses working at the NICU.  The gifts that Rosie and her husband received made her think, not so much of the gift, but the fact that someone on Christmas day remembered them.  A total stranger thought of them.

When Rosie was discharged home with her little one they continued their tradition of taking cookies and bringing Kaleb to visit the nurses.  It was in 2012 that Rosie met Mrs. Bainer at Good Samaritan Village( a community of elderly people)  and she introduced her to the Love Bears.  They both agreed and collaborated together that these tiny little knit bears were perfect to bring to the moms and dads of the preemie babies , not as a substitute for the baby, but as an act of love that someone during Christmas was praying and thinking of them and their baby.

So this year on December 18 2014, The Gift of Life volunteers stuffed  bags with over 80+ bears and delivered them to the Florida Hospital for Children.  This year due to the high presence of the FLU, we could not go up to the actual unit, however we did get to speak with the Life Coach Team for the hospital and spend some time with them talking about the bears.

Watch as The Gift of Life delivers the bears with its team of volunteers, Rosie, Marcus, Kaleb( the little preemie) Jackie and Ashytyn(also a former preemie, now 17 years old ).

So if you or anyone you know would be interested in knitting Christmas hats and bears please contact The Gift of Life for the patterns and preemie hat sizes. This years Christmas hats were knitted with love by the knitters group at First Baptist Windermere Church.

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On Our way to deliver the bears!

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Lisa and Monika from Child Life Department

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Testimony from one preemie parent received:

“I just received a crochet love bear for my son who is in the NICU at Florida hospital south. He was at born 24 weeks weighing only 1 lbs 12 oz. I just wanted to say that we loved the bear. He is 9lbs now and headed home tomorrow after 4.5 months!:) I love homemade items especially ones made with love. Your work is appreciated. Thanks again for our bear. We will treasure it. ”

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Contact The Gift of Life today to make an Online Donation www.thegiftoflife27.org

“Because Life is a Gift, we treasure each moment.”

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Treasured Moments Videography  http://tmvphdfilms.com/

Mayors in Orange County United

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn unite with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to declare that September 13 2014 is the official Gift of Life Day !

On  September 13 2014,  The Rosen Centre will be receiving guests for The Gift of Life.  The event will have entertainment by local celebrities, guest speakers, dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing.  You will get to walk on the Red Carpet and have your picture taken while you can also have a picture drawn by a world famous caricature artist!

Stay on top of the details on our facebook page:

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Visit our Website to stay up to date:  www.astoryoffaith.com

Purchase Tickets through Eventbrite
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Proceeds will benefit the Florida Hospital of Children Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and teh making of the movie A Story of Faith which will provide resources as well for parents of premature babies.

The Mayor’s Proclamation:

Whereas, premature births have been increasingly steady, progressively and alarmingly over the past two decades; and

Whereas, many premature babies are born too small and face the risk of getting sick easily; and

Whereas, even though doctors have made excellent advances in caring for babies born too small and too soon, there is a long way to go in order to prevent preterm birth from happening in the first place; and

Whereas, 27Miracles is an organization that is presenting the Gift of Life, a fundraiser event inspired by Rosie Moore’s own story, who had a premature baby that was born 13 weeks early; and

Whereas, the event seeks to raise funds for equipment supporting Florida Hospital for Children’s Neonatal  Intensive Care Unit; and

Whereas, the special night celebrates the daily miracles of premature newborns and encourages our community to provide support to those families that are having premature babies; and

Whereas, organizations such as 27 Miracles work closely with volunteers  and partners to raise public awareness of the problems of prematurity and to decrease the rate of preterm birth in our region:

NOW,THEREFORE, I, BUDDY DYER,MAYOR OF ORLANDO, Do hereby proclaim September 13, 2014, as

“The Gift of Life Day”

 

In the city of Orlando,

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we hereunto have set our hand and caused the Seal of the City of Orlando to be affixed this 29th Day of July 2014

 

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The Gift of Life Entertainment Line Up

Who will be coming out of Southern Elegance Limousine to entertain you on September 13 2014 and walking on the red carpet? You will have to be there to see and meet some of these celebrities donating their time to entertain you.

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Southern Elegance Limousine is the official transportation company for The Gift of Life. Southern Elegance Limousines has been providing Limousine and Executive Car Service in the Orlando and Central Florida area since August of 2000. Their goal is to provide you with a safe and reliable service with a professional chauffeur that tends to your every need.

When Owner Miguel was asked why he wanted to help The Gift of Life, he replied

“The reason that I would like to help this cause is that as small business owners we run around 24/7 trying to run our businesses and provide for our families and sometimes you have to stop and also think that there are other people that you can help and assist that are not as lucky as we are.”

www.southernelegancelimousines.com

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Whitney Lynn/Recording Artist

Christian recording artist, songwriter, actress, host, worship leader, & speaker. The artist has received an IAAPA nomination for, “Best Female Performer” (one out of three females in the world). The artist has toured to India, hosted Disney’s Night of Joy, advertised through TV Guide, and recorded for Grammy Award winning producer, Dru Castro. Whitney Lynn has sung backup for Donnie McClurkin, Karen Wheaton, and The Crabb Family for TBN, and has been heard on radio. She is grateful to use her gifts for God’s glory and to reach the lost through her music.

 http://www.whitneylynn.org/

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Hannah Daly/Singer and Songwriter

Hannah Daly is a songwriter with an extraordinary talent for telling stories through her music.  From playful infatuations to unrequited affection, Hannah’s lyrics and arrangements express the depth and emotion of an old soul tempered by the innocence of youth. Hannah recorded Never Be the Same with Mike Walker, a Grammy-award winning musician and producer.

When ashed is she would be able to perform at The Gift of Life, her enthusiastic reply was, ” Yes!  What an amazing cause. The event sounds fantastic, and I am honored to participate.”

http://www.hannahdalymusic.com/

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Rico Michael Jackson/Entertainer

I would like to introduce “Enrico Hampton” known to many as “Rico-Michael Jackson” world’s most exciting Michael Jackson Tribute artist. His life as an entertainer has been event filled, performing for various community events, schools, churches, and charities. Rico’s breath-taking performances have led him on a journey around the country from LA to New York. His musical magnetism has drawn recognition and praise from the city of Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley, who honored the multi-talented with a proclamation proclaiming December 5th Enrico Hampton Day in the City of Chicago.  http://ricomichaeljackson.com/www.ricomichaeljackson.com/HOME.html

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Glenn Ferguson/Caricature/Artist

Glenn is an award-winning caricature artist/ illustrator residing in Orlando, FL. He has been nominated a Master caricaturist by the International Society of Caricature Artists (after winning the Golden Nosey Award in 2009). His artwork can be seen all over the world.  Every guest attending The Gift of Life can take home a caricature of themselves as his gift to you for attending The Gift of Life

When Glenn was asked why he wanted to be involved with The Gift of Life, his reply surprised us all.  “I am happy to help with this event, the Gift of Life, that will benefit the Florida Hospital for Children/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Making of the movie A Story of Faith; because I experienced the same care that all of these unsung heroes do every day. It’s because of the amazing and heartfelt care and expertise that were so instrumental in my survival and enduring health those first delicate months of my life that I am here. ” You see Glenn was born prematurely himself at 1lb.

http://www.glennfergusonarts.com/

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Vincent De Marco/Actor/Producer

Vincent DeMarco is an actor and producer,

Vincent DeMarco is known for Ace of Clubs (2014), Undead Apocalypse (2012) and The Art of Villainy (2014).

 Letting Go (2014)

Super’mance (2014)

The Breaking Point  (2014)

Two Sided (2013)

Tysis (2013)

Dream Season (2013)

Less Lost (2012)

ExtermiNoir (2012)

The Return of the Loch Ness Monster from Outer Space (2012) and more..

When you ask Vincent why he wanted to be involved with The Gift of Life, his reply was , “The movies that last the test of time are always the films with a positive message and heart warming stories.  “A Story of Faith” has all the makings to be that strong of a film.  Not only touching the hearts of those who will watch it but also helping the newborns  right in our own hometown.  DeMarco Films is proud to be apart of this project and The Gift Of Life Event.  Anyone willing or able to give to this incredible organization will be making a difference for high risk newborns here in Orlando as well as helping families keep the faith during their struggle to keep their newborn child alive.”

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Dave Maldo/Magician

Let me introduce Dave Maldo, Magician.  Dave has been performing mind-blowing magic for more than 20 years, his unique style has astonished & amazed thousands of people around the world. While serving abroad, he was enlisted by the USO to perform at venues throughout Europe.  This allowed him to present the universal language of magic to the world stage. Today, he continues to mystify diverse audiences with family-friendly, professional performances. Dave loves making magic, and has  a blast doing it – and so will the audience!

http://www.seelivemagic.com/magicians/dave-maldo/

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Our Guest Speaker is Dr. Hilton Bernstein

Dr. Bernstein is board certified in pediatrics and specializes in neonatal-perinatal medicine and pediatrics. He and the physicians at The Center for Neonatal Care provide comprehensive services and treatments for a variety of neonatal conditions. The Center was designed to treat premature and sick babies at Florida Hospital for Children. For newborns that are in a high-risk pregnancy, are premature at birth, or are critically ill, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) serves as their “home” until they are able to be discharged. The NICU is overseen by the neonatologists from the Center.

Dr. Bernstein along with the team of neonatolgists on staff at Florida Hospital for Children, svaed the life of Kaleb Moore, the preemie that brought you A Story of Faith . You can purchase the book here Amazon  or at The Gift of Life Event on September 13 2014

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And if all that is not enough for fun….we want to shake things up a bit with some photobooth time from our friends at

Just For You Photo Booth

Just For You Photo Booths have the mission to provide the best photo booth rental service in Central Florida for people who’s life memories are priceless.

When you ask owner Eddie, Why support The Gift of Life, his reply: “My wife and I have been in business now for over 5 yrs and we are always looking for ways to give back to the community. We are a small family owned business. As hopeful parents one day when God blesses us with one of our own we will feel comfortable knowing that there are organizations out there that will provide help for those unexpected life emergencies with children. We feel strongly about helping and giving back to organizations and hospitals that their main focus is to take care of all children’s needs for a healthy life and give the parents the support and help they deserve. That’s why we feel that giving this small gift could make someone happy and help.” www.justforyouphotobooths.com

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Keep up with our celebrities through our website:  http://www.astoryoffaith.com/#!celebrities/c141n

Purchase your tickets here : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gift-of-life-tickets-11066816145

27 Miracles www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

A Story of Faith www.astoryoffaith.com

The Gift of Life https://www.facebook.com/events/223058997904739/

Stay tuned to our blog to see what other celebrities are supporting The Gift of Life!!!

Spotlight on a Vendor…RJ Glamour and Innovation

Today’s Gift of Life vendor spotlight goes to RJ Glamour and Innovation.  Owners Rigo and Juan Carlos are the creative minds that will be at The Gift of Life at the Rosen Centre.

RJ Glamour & Innovation, Inc. is a Full Production Services company that creates the most stunning Quinceañeros, Sweet 16, Weddings, Anniversaries, Social, Corporate and Political Celebrations. With more than 13 years of experience, Rigo and Juan certified Designers will bring your ideas to life on  that important day. They will  help you fulfill all of your dreams when it comes to  of floral design, event design decor, linen rentals, centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, lighting, ceiling drapes, pipe and drapes and everything for your event with a unique style.

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When you ask RJ Glamour why do they want to be a part of The Gift of Life, both Rigo and Juan Carlos answered, “there is never a doubt we  always want to give back to the community, especially to little miracles that can have a chance to survive.”

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Don’t miss out on seeing these talented designers at The Gift of Life.

Purchase your tickets here  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gift-of-life-tickets-11066816145

 27 Miracles www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

A Story of Faith www.astoryoffaith.com

RJ Glamour and Innovation www.glamourinnovation.com

 

Spotlight on a Vendor….Treasured Moments

Have you been to our website http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com if you haven’t been there check it out?  You might say why do you want me to go there now?  That is because there on our video gallery you will see Bruce Reynolds from Treasured Moments work!  Treasured Moments Videography is well-known in the community of Orlando.

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They have been shooting all events for the last 6 years in widescreen HD.
One of the 1st in Central Florida to film in high-definition, as they feel it captures the event in the best quality for the future. Clients then can choose widescreen DVDs, or Blu Ray HD dvds. When you book them you get them not contractors who shoot for others. They only do 1 event per day in order to give their clients what they expect.

When 27 Miracles asked Treasured Moments owner Bruce Reynolds, why help The Gift of Life, he said, “I am honored to be part of The Gift of Life on September 13, 2014 at the Rosen Centre Hotel. It’s a very worthy event for all in the Orlando area to attend and give support to Florida Hospital’s NICU for their ongoing work with premature newborns and the making of the movie “A Story of Faith”  to further help the families of those children and future children who are born prematurely.”  

Get in on the action that day and be filmed at the event enjoying what promises to be a spectacular night of fun, while at the same time helping to raise awareness and resources for a community of miracles…

Florida Hospital did an interview with Kaleb and some of his caregivers….watch as he reunites with them…..

27 Miracles www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

A Story of Faith www.astoryoffaith.com

The Gift of Life Purchase Tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gift-of-life-tickets-11066816145

Treasured Moments Videography www.tmvphdfilms.com

Spotlight on A Vendor…..Mel’s Beauty Box

27 Miracles couldn’t just offer evening Gowns at Solutions Bridal and Tuxedos and Suits at Absolutely Fitting and not offer hair and make up appointments for The Gift of Life day!

Mel’s Beauty Box has offered special rates for our Gift of Life guests to get their hair and make up done at the Rosen Centre.  Appointments are going fast so contact Mel’s Beauty Box so that you can get your  appointment scheduled. Now here is a little bit about Mel’s Beauty Box.

At Mel’s Beauty Box, it is our mission to focus on not only Beauty but your overall Health & Fitness. We are excited to assist you with any special occasion. Specializing in all occasion spa services from pampering days prior to your wedding or event date.  We work with the finest Event Service Providers in Hawaii, Florida, & California so anything you need we promise we can assist you with. We provide mobile services so that we can accommodate you, your family members, and friends where ever it is convenient.  Being able to be on location ensures you a flawless experience prior to any special day.

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Mel’s Beauty Box is now accepting appointments for hair and makeup prior to event start time for The Gift of Life .Call now to reserve your time.

808-557-1413 www.melsbeautybox.com

The Gift of Life https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gift-of-life-tickets-11066816145

27 Miracles www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

A Story of Faith www.astoryoffaith.com