It’s Giving Hearts Day! We hope you’ll consider a gift to Benton’s Hope for families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo as they support their critically ill children. We had the gift of staying at the RMH for 15 of Bennie’s 25 days of life. The comfort provided in that space can never be completely explained or matched, so our goal today is to provide that comfort for 100 nights to families in the FM area. Every dollar counts and will be matched by 50% until we reach $6000. Go to givingheartsday.org and search for DMF- Benton’s Hope to give.
Hello friends and supporters of Giving Hearts Day-
This year, Benton’s Hope will once again be partnering with Sanford Children’s Fargo and the Sanford Health Foundation to provide care for grieving families. This year, funds raised will support the new Music Therapy Program, which began in March of 2020…what a founding date! As you can imagine, Anna, the staff music therapist, has had to be creative and think outside the box to make what is normally an interactive experience follow social distancing and masking guidelines. She provides music therapy to all parts of the hospital and funds raised will allow for her to purchase new instruments and recorders. One service that Anna offers that is particularly important to Benton’s Hope is the ability to capture a baby or child’s heartbeat. She then incorporates that sound into a song or recording for the family to carry with them when they leave the hospital without their child. What a precious gift!
Here’s a great picture of Anna doing her thing to make music memories. We appreciate you and look forward to partnering with you to help all families find the hope and light that Bennie gave to us.
Giving Hearts Day is Thursday February 11. Please donate at https://www.givingheartsday.org/
and search for Benton’s Hope Fund. There are lots of special incentives this year, including the chance to win a 2021 Chevy Silverado from Gate City Bank!
With wishes for good health and appreciation for your support.
Amy, Sean, Zoey and Max
Thank you all for your donations to Benton’s Hope on Giving Hearts Day 2019. With your help, we were able to raise $6,400 to help offer comfort to families experiencing child loss at Sanford Children’s Fargo. It is an honor for us to be able to remember your loved ones with you as we remember Bennie. We appreciate your support of our family and other bereaved families in our region. Thanks again for sharing the love.
Sean, Amy, Benton, Zoey, and Max Degerstrom
Our journey has brought us into our fourth trip around the sun without Benton. Child loss, through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death, is a heartbreaking reality for so many families across our region. 1 in 4 pregnancies end without the joy of bringing baby home. However, it is not something to be silent about. What brought us through those darkest days was a seed of hope. Hope that our loss could do some good for others. Hope that our voices could be those that support the next family going through those circumstances, just as the community around us had guided our steps. Hope that the goodness, the extraordinary joy that Benton brought to our lives, could live on. One of our primary goals in creating Benton’s Hope was to let people know that they are not alone in these moments of darkness and fear. For in the darkness, we find the light. We love you, Bennie, forever and always. We think of you, we miss you. And THAT is why we #give and hope you will too. Please go to www.impactgiveback.org today, February 9, before midnight, to donate to Benton’s Hope on this Giving Hearts Day. Your dollar today will be matched up to $4000 and we encourage you to #GoMatchyMatchy with your friends to double your impact. Provide hope for families of child loss in our region, for “hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” (Shawshank Redemption). #GivingHearts17
Our hearts opened the day Benton was born, in a way that only a parent can understand. He was our first. We were joyful. He was pink and lovely and beautiful and perfect (of course!). He cried. He wiggled. And then, he stopped. Stopped crying. Stopped wiggling. Struggled to breathe. There was confusion and fear and calm reassurances from our healthcare team that we would take him to a bigger hospital, to a higher level of care, and we’d solve the problem and move forward. Our hearts were scared, but hopeful. He moved to a different facility, one away from his mother who was stuck in the smaller hospital post emergency c-section and a father who was torn between the two. We learned, a piece at a time, what it meant to have a baby but not hold a baby. This was not our expected happy ending. This was hard and anxiety-filled and full of questions. And that is one of the many reasons why we work to give back to those who face similar challenges. That is why we #give #GivingHearts17 #GoMatchyMatchy #Feb9
Share the love on Giving Hearts Day 2017! Help Benton’s Hope raise money for continued support of acutely ill newborns, their families, and the staff that support them. Funds raised on Feb 9 will be matched (for every donation of $10 or more, up to $4000). How can you help?
1) Send a check. Checks must be dated February 9 and submitted the week prior to Giving Hearts Day. They should be made out to DMF-Benton’s Hope and can be mailed to the Dakota Medical Foundation, 4141 28th Ave S, Fargo, ND, 58104.
2) Give online. All online donations must be received ON FEBRUARY 9 (midnight to midnight) at impactgiveback.org. Search for “Benton’s Hope”.
#GoMatchyMatchy this year and encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to match your donations! Post your pictures to Mr. Matchy Matchy’s page! https://www.facebook.com/MrMatchyMatchy/ or Benton’s Hope’s Giving Hearts Day 2017 event page! https://www.facebook.com/events/257064068053844/