Newborns In Need

by Terry Watson | May 7th, 2013

Newborn LogoNewborns In Need (NIN) is a special family of volunteers bound by a mission to help the most vulnerable in our society: sick and needy babies. Founded in 1992, thier goal is to respond to the needs of premature and/or newborn babies that are sick, abused, in crisis, or have died. NIN became a registered non-profit 501(c) 3 charity in 1998. Mother Theresa is quoted as saying, “If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one.” Surrounded by wide-spread hunger and poverty, she focused on each soul, not the sheer size of the problem. NIN volunteers work under a similar guiding spirit.

As of 2013, NIN has over 60 chapters in the U.S. and has added a diaper bank initiative. NIN is an incorporated entity with chartered chapters throughout the U.S. The goal of NIN is to help as many babies as possible through the growth and training of new volunteer chapters, which provide care necessities to agencies and hospitals free of charge throughout the U.S. NIN functions under the principles of love and acceptance to help those in need. For this reason, the organization’s fundamental, guiding belief is: One Heart, One Mission, Serving All of God’s Children.

The NIN National Office is located in Pfafftown, North Carolina. The governing arm of NIN is the National Board of Directors. No individual or chapter financially benefits from any donations received. NIN does not provide financial assistance to any person or agency, but may provide published information to needy families concerning newborn care. NIN does not typically make donations directly to families or individuals. Most donations go through an agency and/or approved organizations.

The Greensboro Chapter is considered an Essential Chapter. An Essentials Chapter provides basic items for the newborn. The Greensboro Chapter also focuses on fund-raising initiatives to raise money to purchase needed baby items for newborns. Some of the items, such as those for the bath, are donated while others can be donated or handcrafted by NIN volunteers, such as baby booties and hats. Essential items are basically any item needed by a newborn including, but not limited to clothing, blankets/afghans, bath items, infant thermometers, comfort toys, diapers, safe sleep furniture, bottles, etc. Due to liability concerns, NIN does not accept used car seats or cribs.

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