ABC Action News is highlighting the story of the Team Abby Foundation, a nonprofit that puts together and delivers care bags for families with children in Jefferson University Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
The foundation was started by East Norriton resident Carrie Higgins and her husband after their daughter Abby's umbilical cord burst during delivery. The couple spent weeks in the NICU as little Abby's life hung in the balance.
To help other families going through similar struggles, the foundation creates care bags with sundries like tissues, hand sanitizer and lotion, gift cards to local eateries, a packet wiht helpful numbers, websites and ideas, baby blankets, toys and books to help make the time in the NICU more pleasant.
"You spend hours and hours and hours sitting next to your child, and sometimes, you can't hold your child, and you can't touch your child," Higgins told Action News. "He's in an incubator; so what do you do? So we have a book so that parents can read that with their child."