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East Texas family provides gift bags, support to NICU parents

This bag will go to the family of a baby in the NICU. (Source: KLTV Staff) This bag will go to the family of a baby in the NICU. (Source: KLTV Staff)
The Read family plays with their son who was born prematurely. (Source: KLTV) The Read family plays with their son who was born prematurely. (Source: KLTV)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

A baby born any amount of time early is stressful on the family, but the weeks or months that drag on after while the child is being cared for in the neonatal ICU can be daunting. One East Texas family knows the struggles of the NICU first hand and has made it their mission to support others in the same position.

The walk into the NICU is a familiar one for the Read family.

“Your life is completely turned upside down when your baby is born so early and so sick and so fragile and fighting for life,” Jamye Read, a mother of a premature child, said.

Her son, Micah Read, is now two years old and was born at just 26 weeks, requiring a three and a half month stay at the Trinity Mother Frances Neonatal ICU.

“People would pray for us and people would bring us gift cards for gas or for food, for lunch or bring us lunch or bring us dinners, and it was just overwhelming the support that we got from people,” Read explained.

But, as Jamye Read learned not all families had that same support, prompting her to offer her own.

“I wanted to reach out to these moms and give them encouragement and so, I started getting goodie bags together of things that they might need while their baby’s in the NICU,” she said.

Dropping off bags full of Chapstick, lotion, and a notebook became a routine.

“Remember what was going on with your child that day. Write it down,” she said.

It also includes a prayer book for baby, but most importantly a letter.

“Don’t be too proud to accept meals, monies, gifts, and prayers. This is God using his people to minister to your family,” Royce Read, Jamye’s husband read from the letter.

It’s signed with love from the Read family, not complete without Jamye’s own cell phone number and email address.

“I’ve been able to encourage them and help them and answer their questions or just be there for them to cry and they have somebody that they can relate to whose been there,” she explained about including her contact information.

Sunday another bag will go to another preemie mom and the Reads will be back at the NICU time and time again. But, now each time their healthy son walks right out.

The Read family said they have no plan of stopping this act of kindness anytime soon. Whenever they are notified by community members that another preemie is in the NICU they gather up a bag and head over.

If you would like to contact the Read’s to let them know of a premature baby born and recovering in the NICU you can email Jamye Read at Jalea14@gmail.com.

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