Texas Cavaliers News & Profiles - Summer 2020 issue
When Deanna Vicks’ daughter was born at 27 weeks, weighing just 1.5 lbs., Deanna was overwhelmed by the fears and unknowns for her unimaginably tiny, fragile baby who spent more than two months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Ania was too small to wear newborn clothing or diapers and she was covered in a frightening web of medical paraphernalia.
That was seven years ago. Today, Ania is healthy, bright, and beautiful, and Deanna vowed to help other parents in similar straits. She founded Life’s Little Miracles – supplying onesies, shirts, blankets, diapers, and soft “loveys” for babies too medically fragile to be cuddled. She provides resources for parents to access free samples, discounted baby products, and social services. She encourages families to pay it forward when they can. In the short time they’ve been in operation, Life’s Little Miracles has delivered more than 1,000 bags of gifts to hospitals, nurse-family partnerships, and school-aged parents in local school districts. During the pandemic, they’re also helping families with diapers, wipes, formula, and other hard-to-find essentials.
“Nothing fits premature babies, and moms with sick babies don’t have the time or energy to shop, so we provide these gifts, with love, to let them know someone understands and cares,” Deanna said.
The Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation awarded a grant to Life’s Little Miracles in 2019 and again this year – the first major funder to lend support. “These grants show that the Texas Cavaliers believe in what we’re doing, and their faith has inspired other grants. We are so grateful,” Deanna said.
Keeping you updated on a grant recipient, a profile on “One of the Good Guys in Blue Suits” and short notices of interest.