Nov. 6, 2007 — Even before they went home to their families, newborns in the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital nursery were showered with gifts from a local business.
"We just want to give back to the community," said Charles Ward of Blendah Production, LLC as he made the presentation to the hospital nursery staff. The gift was festively wrapped in blue, pink and yellow with pacifier-shaped balloons hovering above.
"Everything you would use in a nursery — hats, booties, sleepers, blankets, onesies, gowns and Pampers — is in here," said Barbara Acoy, Blendah secretary.
Acoy said the idea for the donation came when her niece gave birth at the hospital. "I brought the idea to Charles and he said go with it. I had fun shopping," she said.
This is not the first community donation made by Blendah. The company hosts the annual car show on St. Croix, and following the event the group made a $1,000 donation to the Queen Louise Home for Children. (See "Frederiksted Car Show Will Offer Father's Day Fun.")
On hand to receive the donation were Rashidi Clenance, JFL public relations officer, neonatal specialist Dr. Learie Lindsay and nurse Dyma Williams.
"I want to thank a small operation for a big gesture," Clenance said. He encouraged other businesses to follow suit and make donations to both the hospital and the new cardiac center.
Clenance said that while the hospital is concentrating on receiving donations for the V.I. Cardiac Center it's important that the community supports both side of the hospital.
The center is presently under construction and is scheduled to be completed next year. (See "New Cardiac Center Expected to Welcome First Patients Early Next Year.")
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