Offering holiday hope to moms struggling in the hospital

- SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Problems with pregnancy and having a child spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can put a lot of added stress on families, especially during the holiday season.

Two Utah moms know first hand just how devastating it can be.

That's why they are teaming up to deliver holiday hope and cheer to those who are facing the same uncertainty they once felt.

Erin Koelliker's son, Henry was born in fetal distress.

A trip to the NICU followed, where sadly, he passed away after just four days.

"It was such a horrible tragedy for my husband and I especially, but for our entire family," said Koelliker.

A couple of years later Eddie came along.

He was born 12 weeks early and ended up in the NICU as well.

Thankfully, he survived, but the experience took the family back to the depths of despair.

"I told my husband one morning that I was going to have a nervous break down that day. That I couldn't handle anymore, that his monitors were too much for me, that it was too difficult and I missed our oldest son too much," said Koelliker.

Jessica Olsen has been there too.

She had two troubled pregnancies and had to spend the holidays in the hospital both times.

"Back in 2010, I was admitted just after Thanksgiving and I stayed until the end of January, so all through the holidays, Christmas and New Year’s," said Olsen.

These experiences inspired both moms to reach out to others.

That's how Bringing Some Home to Their Holidays was born.

An effort to raise money to provide care packages for moms who are in the hospital or have children in the NICU during the holidays.

"I think the most important thing is the sentiment, you know we are gathering all these funds from a community of people who just want to say, hey, we're behind you," said Olsen.

The packages will be delivered to the University of Utah Hospital and Primary Children's.

They include reading material, socks, lip gloss and other items to help struggling moms feel special in their time of need.

Put together with care by two moms who have walked a mile in their shoes.

"I know if I would have received a little kit on that day, like we're going to give these moms, then it would have made my day so much easier," said Koelliker.

The goal is to raise $2000 for the project, they are also accepting in kind donations to go into the care packages.

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