The members of our Samaritans365 club learned about the March of Dimes this month. Our involvement with this wonderful organization actually began the month before. Our club collected empty shoeboxes. We wrapped the boxes in pink and blue wrapping paper. The children made note cards to decorate the boxes and we distributed them to each classroom in our Elementary School. Over the next several weeks, the students collected dimes.
What we learned:
Chelsea Platas, Development Manager visited our club to educate us about the important work the March of Dimes does to help mothers and babies.
We began our meeting by watching a video about the history of this organization.
President Franklin Roosevelt created the March of Dimes in response to his personal struggle with Polio. In 1958, the organization shifted its focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality once a polio vaccine was invented.
Each child was each given a paper clip to understand the size of a newborn’s foot. They got to experience breathing in and out of a tiny straw to empathize with how a baby born prematurely feels when it breathes. It was very hard! This is becauase their lungs are not fully developed yet.
They were able to see the actual size of a preemie’s diaper.
The March of Dimes has pioneered the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. Prematurity is the #1 killer of newborns in the United States. Since 2003, The March of Dimes has worked diligently on their Prematurity Campaign to raise awareness and find the cause of premature births.
The March of Dimes Foundation spends 76% of activities on research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies lives. They are involved with programs spanning from local to global regions.
They have numerous ways to be involved and donate. They have opportunities to volunteer, advocate, participate and support mothers and babies.
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