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 national non-profit organization that offers programs and services that support the well-being of families who have an infant in intensive care, and of those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.
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: 100
Number of special holiday deliveries to date: 30
Number of memory boxes delivered to date: 5
Nevaeh’s Rainbow project currently makes regular donations to the Aurora Baycare NICU. We also take personal requests and ship care packs.