Blessings of Baby Clothes

Over the years, we have been so blessed with donations of clothes, shoes, and toys to pass on to those around us. One of the ways that we give these items out in the Children’s Hospital is through the Baby Closet. This is when we go to the moms who are staying with their little ones and bring toys, hygiene items, and clothes for their babies. We prepare bundles of clothes throughout the week, and then every Friday morning 2 or 3 of us go throughout a few of the wards to encourage the moms and bring these little gifts to brighten their day. Some of the moms have children who get sick often, so we get to know them after a while and visit throughout the week during hospital shifts. Their babies get to know us too and are so excited when they see us coming with the basket of toys! How sweet to be able to not only take care of the babies and toddlers who are there alone, but also encourage and bless the moms who are staying with their little ones?

Sometimes while going to the moms and their babies, we’ll also have toys for the older kids who are staying there alone. Recently, there was a 12 year old boy who came up to one of us in the hospital and said, “I know you! I was here when I was little and you gave me a toy!” Maybe a toy car doesn’t mean much to some, but to him it meant that we cared and that memory stuck with him. It was a good reminder to stop and visit with the older kids too, and since then we try to have more toys with us to give them.

Thank you to all who have donated so many wonderful items, and to our volunteers who have helped make and distribute these adorable bundles of clothes! You are a blessing to us and to so many families and children.

A Day in the Life of an FFR Hospital Volunteer

Calah recently came from Texas to volunteer with us for 3 months. We are so thankful to have her on our team! Below is an update she wrote after her first week in the Children’s Hospital.

Love can make a difference

Through our work in the Brasov Children’s Hospital, we have the opportunity to care for and love many babies and children. Some we know well and have watched them grow up back and forth between their home and the hospital since shortly after birth, and others are only in for a few days here and […]

Clownin’ Around in the Hospital

In addition to providing love to the babies in the hospital, our volunteers also provide much needed laughter and smiles! How can you help by giggle when you see these two clowns. Thanks girls for providing entertainment to the kids in the hospital, the staff, and to all of us! You are both amazing!

    

Real Men Love Babies – A Male’s Perspective on Volunteering

Born in Romania, Robert has returned to his home country for the first time after his family moved to Canada when he was eight years old. He and his wife are volunteering with Firm Foundations Romania for two months. Robert quickly noted that he was the only male volunteer at this time, as the majority of volunteers who come out are female. Through this interview, Robert wants to make it known that “Real Men Love Babies” and encourage more males to come volunteer as the babies in the hospital need father figures and good role models!

FFR Primetime Live: An Interview with Long Term Volunteers

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please email us at mail@firmfoundationsromania.com!

Baby Closet – How to Donate for Romanian Babies and Moms in Need

Thanks to all the wonderful donations that we receive, we are able to bless not only the children in our programs and the babies in the hospital, but also the mothers who are staying in the hospital with their sick children.

Sofia’s back in town!

p1020503-2Thank you to everyone who prayed for dear little Sofia. After a temporary delay due to Sofia having the measles, she was admitted into the hospital and had a successful heart surgery. She is now back at the Brasov Children’s Hospital where she will spend the next month getting blood transfusions as needed. Due to her condition she will need to be on medication for life, but she is currently healthy and happy and remains the adorable little girl that all our volunteers love and cherish. Please continue to pray for Sofia as her body continues to heal and praise God for the work that has been done so far!

Celebrating the Children

In Romania, June 1st is Children’s Day! Celebrations take place all over the country to make the day special for the children. The play therapists in the hospital organize games and events, such as face painting, magic shows, and balloons. This year we helped by providing 200 bananas for the kids to have a healthy snack for the day. In the After School Program, we let the kids have some extra play time, including using the parachute and playing kickball. But the best part of the day was the surprise ice cream that each class was able to enjoy! The Kid’s Club kids each received some special gifts for the day, like stuffed animals and umbrellas.

Our teachers and volunteers know how special the children are that we have the privilege to work with daily, but it’s still fun for everyone to have a special celebration and for the kids to be reminded just how loved they are!

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Baby in Need of Prayer

IMG_8668S is a baby who first came to us in February. She has spent some time in ICU and some time at home since then, but has spent the majority of the past 4 months with us. We have watched her learn to walk and learn to talk, been a part of her giggles and comforting her tears. She is an adorable bundle of joy, who enjoys company and always blows us a sweet kiss when we leave. We think she is around 18 months old.

Her parents have 4 other children at home, but visit as often as they can. They both have a strong bond with their daughter, but they have been unable to care for her at home because she has a condition called tetralogy of fallot. This is a very rare condition affecting 4 areas of her heart.  People with this condition, however, with the Sofia 3right treatment in early life, live relatively normally and into adulthood. S has already had one heart surgery, but needs another. At the moment her heart struggles to get enough oxygen around her body, and her hands and feet often have a bluish tint. Up to now, she has been too unwell for the surgery, and is limited on the antibiotics she can be given due to her heart condition. This past week, however, she has been recovering well, and it is possible that after one more check up her parents can book an appointment for her surgery in Targu Mures,  approximately a 3 hour drive from Brasov. Her mother will go with her.

Please join us in prayer for S and her family. For wisdom for the doctors and surgeons treating her, for God’s timing for the surgery and for Gods love and faithfulness to be displayed to her and her family throughout this difficult time.

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