The CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation is happy to announce a $2,500 grant from the Junior League of Beaumont to help purchase Pack N Plays for the Infant Safe Sleep Program at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital. These Pack N Plays – portable cribs – will be offered at no charge to families in financial need.
The CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation originally applied for a $1,500 grant, but Junior League members were so moved by the need for area mothers that they increased the grant to $2,500!
As there are no resources available in the state of Texas for families who need financial assistance with purchasing safe sleep cribs or bassinets, St. Elizabeth will now proudly offer this vital resource to our families and their babies.
CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital has implemented several layers of Safe Infant Sleep education including prenatal classes, education during hospital stays, safe sleep room audits, and discharge interviews to verify a safe sleep plan. We hope that offering free Pack N Plays to those families who need it most will enhance this potentially life-saving program.
Every year, 3,500 U.S. babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or sleep related injuries. The CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital nursing and physician staff are determined to make sure every family has an American Academy of Pediatrics approved Pack N Play crib in order to provide a safe place for their baby to sleep at home.
“Because of the Junior League of Beaumont and their generous contribution, we are able to offer families a safe place for their newborn to sleep at home when they can’t afford one. The Pack-N-Play Program is a resource St. Elizabeth can now provide Southeast Texas families to decrease risks of SIDS and sleep-related injuries to infants,” said Stacie Leblanc, Lead Lactation Consultant at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital.