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The Children's Nest
From Her Generous Heart to Yours
Vickie Boster's personality is a lot like her creations — woven with compassion, contemplation and creativity, with threads of playfulness and whimsy running through. Her attention to detail is evident in everything she does, from tending to the fragile newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, to her writing, to her works of art. And all of her efforts reflect the powerful thought and passion behind them.
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So it comes as no surprise that when she was inspired by her tiny patients to create a keepsake to benefit them, the result was as unique as Vickie herself — an intricate and extravagant labor of love — The Children's Nest.
Nests have become Vickie's signature creations, and over the years, she has produced several series of themed nests that are often sold out before they are even produced. Through her blog, Boster has developed quite a following of admirers and collectors from across the globe who are drawn to the inspiration, labor and detail in each piece. Her popularity continues to grow. Romantic Country magazine featured her creations in its Fall 2012 issue. And a special, limited-edition nest design she created was recently accepted as a fundraising project by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
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The Children's Nest is no exception. Each of the ten nests in this limited edition offering is woven with beads, lace and more than 200 kinds of textured threads and yarns. And the specially designed embellishments were produced to reflect the nature of the cause — vulnerable babies who desperately need love, care and support. Each nest comes in a presentation box, and they are available as keepsakes to donors with generous hearts who make gifts of $2,500 or more to the Hoops Family Children's Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia.
Huntington is home to Cabell Huntington Hospital, which serves the central Appalachian region, where about 25 percent of the population live below the poverty line. Over the years, the hospital has established critical programs for the children it serves, including a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a Pediatrics Unit, a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a Pediatric Oncology Unit. Because the rural, mountainous region makes it difficult for patients to quickly receive treatment, the hospital mobilized specially trained transport teams to reach babies, children and pregnant women in urgent need of medical care and stabilize them for transport back to the hospital by helicopter or ambulance. As the variety of pediatric services, technology and specialists grew, it became clear that the next step would be to house these vital programs in a facility designed just for sick babies and children and their families — a new pediatric hospital within Cabell Huntington Hospital.
The community showed its support for a children's hospital by raising funds for the project, and a key donation by the Hoops family allowed construction to begin, but additional donations are necessary to enable the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital to become the state-of-the-art medical facility that the children of this poor and underserved community deserve. And significant ongoing funding is critically needed to support the hospital's commitment to providing the best care possible for every child, regardless of family income or ability to pay.
Every gift counts. Please consider making a donation of any size today. And if your generous heart has been touched by Vickie's dedication to the babies she cares for or the Children's Nest keepsakes she created to raise money for them, please act fast before they're all gone. Contact Development Coordinator Velma Workman at 304-526-6314 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or to confirm your gift.