Just for babies: Parents and their babies in the Methodist Women’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) want and need to feel at home during their hospitalization. When babies are premature, their parents often are not prepared with basic supplies. The stress and financial burden of having a baby in the NICU also can make it difficult to provide the items. During November, the NICU staff is hosting an ongoing baby shower for Methodist Women’s Hospital’s NICU. Donations of onesies, booties/socks, infant sleepers, infant mittens, baby story books and blankets are requested. The event is being held in conjunction with Prematurity Awareness Month in November. Donations of new or gently used items can be placed in baskets at Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital and Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs.
Planting essentials: Pamela Galus, science specialist at Lothrop Magnet Elementary in the Omaha Public Schools, has received a small grant to implement a native plant project next year. The goal is to get people to use native plants rather than landscape plants that have high water needs. If you can contribute seeds, potting soil or plants, or would like to help with community education, contact her at [email="firstname.lastname@example.org"]email@example.com[/email] or 402-457-5704.
Leaves, please: Benson Plant Rescue, 7230 Maple St., needs to gather 1,800 gallons of autumn leaves for use as bedding for worms. Only clean, bagged leaves are taken — no other yard debris such as large sticks, grass, etc. Do not contribute walnut leaves because they are problematic for plants and worms. Raked leaves are preferred to avoid grass picked up by lawn mowers. Dry leaves mulched by a leaf blower’s vacuum attachment are fine. Place the bagged leaves on the west side of the building near the dumpster.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax