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Huggins Family Still Receiving NICU Donations

By Staff | Dec 20, 2017

Photo Provided Pictured, from left, are Lisa Toman, Katrina Moore, and Ashley Huggins.

Last week, the Wetzel Chronicle published the story about Ashley and Jason Huggins, New Martinsville parents who are giving back to West Penn’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Ashley said plans to visit West Penn this week, with donations, have been put on hold, due to unforeseen circumstances. Therefore, interested donors have a week more to donate, as Ashley and Jason will visit West Penn on Dec. 27.

So far, Paree Insurance has donated 40 sleepers.

Ashley has been inspired to give back to West Penn after receiving such care and consideration when there after the birht of each of her daughters.

Four-year-old Karlie stayed for 31 days in the NICU unit after birth. Phebie, now one-year-old, stayed 77 days after she was born.

Ashley recollected little tokens of support that she, and other mothers, received – such as a disposable camera.

“Every day, when Jason and I went to the hospital, there was something at the bedside table for us from a Preemie Awareness ribbon, to a gas card Those things made us feel good, because we realized we weren’t on this journey alone,” she said.

This Christmas, the Huggins are hoping to pay these kindnesses forward.

“People can donate preemie onesies and newborn onesies. West Penn has a step-down unit from NICU, and we can give supplies at the step-down unit as well,” Ashley said.

Ashley said that gas cards and restaurant gift cards are also appreciated. “That is what helped Jason and I the most,” she explained.

Those who wish to donate toward the Huggins’ endeavor are asked to contact Ashley at 304-398-2206.