Nurses helping out with Sarah’s Closet say they’ve been overwhelmed by donations of baby clothes coming in from across the country.
Sarah’s Closet operates out of CPH, a legacy left by Sarah Slagers, a beloved OB nurse who passed away last year from a rare form of cancer.
Kathy Gensel, Foundation Director for Central Peninsula Health Foundation, explains how it all began…
Gensel: “She had, I believe two children of her own, so as they outgrew stuff, Sarah would bring in newborn clothes, gently used, or stuff she hadn’t used, and she would put it in a bag and then give it out to the new moms that needed it. And so the OB nurses would like to continue that tradition, in memory of Sarah.”
Gensel said the Closet is relatively new, but there are already hundreds of mothers involved. Many have been sharing on Facebook how Sarah helped them with their first days of motherhood. For anyone interested in donating…
Gensel: “What they’re actually looking for is new or gently used newborn clothes, new or gently used receiving blankets, children’s books, and the children’s books would go to siblings because often times when families are here, there’s siblings of the newborn, and they kind of feel left out, and so she liked to give something to them, so they felt more a part of it, didn’t feel so left out.”
The Closet is also accepting financial donations for a scholarship fund and gift bags for new mothers. For more, visit the Central Peninsula Health Foundation Website. Items can also be donated directly at Central Peninsula Hospital.