JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In an effort to lift the spirits of parents in St.Bernards Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, Corning High School students surprised parents with care packages.
This is the second year students hand-delivered care packages to parents in the NICU.
Lance Hewett, a senior at Corning High School, said many of the students in the group were NICU babies themselves or have known someone who has had children in the NICU.
"We understand how difficult this is for those parents," Hewett said. "We wanted to deliver these baskets that were filled with different toiletries, puzzle books, and quilts, just to make their stay here at the NICU a little easier."
Throughout the school year, students of the school's science club and Family Career and Community Leaders of America group collected items, stitched quilts, and accepted donations from area businesses to help fill the baskets that were given to the parents.
"It's truly an honor," Hewett said. "I think this project helps everyone learn that it doesn't take a whole lot of time, money, or really even a whole lot of effort just to brighten someone's day and make them feel special."
Kristal Bohannon has a 9-day-old son in St.Bernards NICU and was brought to tears by the students' surprise.
"It means a lot to us moms," Bohannon said. "It lets us know there are people out there thinking of us and we're not doing it alone."
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