Nevaeh’s Rainbow project was started by Nicole Onesti in memory of her daughter, Nevaeh. It is a local division of Project Sweet Peas. Project Sweet Peas is a non-profit organization run by volunteers across the country, who through personal experience have become passionate about providing comfort to families with children in the intensive care units and to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. Our programs support the wellness of families by providing care packages and other services that offer comfort while furthering the bond between parent and child, and treasured keepsakes to families who have experienced a loss. Through our services, we give from our heart, to inspire families with the hope of tomorrow.
Imagine not having simple comforts after your baby is born. I remember a nurse wiping my tears away with gauze because I had no tissues with me. I remember writing important information down on a grocery receipt because it was the only thing I could find in my purse.
The six weeks that my daughter spent in the NICU, were the loneliest of my life.Having no family close by, and a husband that had to still go to work to provide for us, I was often at the NICU all by myself. I am so thankful for the wonderful nurses and volunteers who kept me company. I remember nurses bringing in blankets or stuffed animals that were donated by people. I found comfort in people’s generosity and gifts. It gave me hope in a time that it was so hard to have hope. I vowed I would always pay it forward, and try to comfort a mom in need – like I once was.
I hope that through this project, I can provide some amount of comfort to parents endure the same pain of watching their child struggle for their life and to those that have also had to say goodbye. I would like families to know that regardless of the outcome there is hope in every situation and happiness in every memory.
Number of carepacks delivered to date: 60
Number of special holiday deliveries to date: 30
Number of memory boxes delivered to date: 3
Nevaeh’s Rainbow project currently makes regular donations to the Aurora Baycare NICU. We also take personal requests and ship care packs.