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Monday, April 05, 2010 - “Baby Basics” Donations Are a Gift of Love from One Mom to Another

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - When Katrina Bonner-Witt, a working mom from Ft. Lauderdale, gave birth to her daughter three years ago she was showered with so many baby gifts that she thought she’d never be able to use them all.

While she was in the hospital, Bonner-Witt noticed that there were other moms who weren’t so fortunate.

“The essentials that many new moms take for granted - a blanket, a set of clothes, a stuffed toy - were simply out of reach for some women, due to economic circumstances,” said Bonner-Witt.

With a plan in mind, she approached Broward General Medical Center to create and distribute “Baby Basics” which are packages of newborn essentials to new mothers in need.

Since then, Bonner-Witt’s charitable idea has grown and has been named The Baby Love Foundation. The foundation works with hospitals to identify first-time mothers in economic need whose newborns are in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) due to critical illness or premature birth, and require special assistance.

The “Baby Basics” packages are delivered to Broward General and other partner hospitals, and contain many of the essentials needed for a newborn's first three months of life. Packages include blankets, onesies or rompers, sleepers or nightgowns, newborn socks and hats, stuffed toys, diapers, baby first aid kits, toiletries and bathing items. Each gift wrapped package arrives with a blessing of hope for a lifetime of happiness for mother and child.  So far, more than 200 “Baby Basics” packages have been distributed to Broward General Medical Center.

“We cannot adequately express our gratitude to Katrina for these packages,” said Alanna Yormark, nurse manager at the Broward General. “They have made an enormous difference to many moms at the hospital.”

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit www.browardhealth.org.


Katrina Bonner-Witt delivering a basket to Alanna Yormark, nurse manager for the Maternity Department at Broward General Medical Center.