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Altru Health Foundation to Participate in Giving Hearts Day 2016

Altru Health Foundation will participate in Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online fund raising event on February 11. Donations of $10 or more made to Altru Health Foundation at impactgiveback.org on this day will be matched up to $10,000, courtesy of Dakota Medical Foundation, Yvonne Nelson, McDonald’s – Mike & Cindy O’Keefe, Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling, Altru Alliance, C & R Cleaners & Laundry, and Truyu. All proceeds raised will benefit Altru’s Infant Bereavement program.

Altru’s Infant Bereavement Program started in 1989 in the Family Birthing Unit, as they saw a need for support for families who were unable to bring their child home with them. The program has expanded to fulfill the need of grief support for families who have miscarried under 20 weeks of conception, to stillborn births, to losing a child from illness or accident.

The program provides packets to families which include a baby ring, crotched booties and blankets, grief books, and a teddy bear. Research shows that mothers physically ache for something in their arms, which is why Pastoral Services provides teddy bears. Those bears most certainly do not replace their baby, but can help ease the pain in some ways. Other services the program offers are memory boxes, infant burial boxes, as well as a monthly support group.

To help support grieving families, go to impactgiveback.org on February 11 and donate to Altru Health Foundation.