Pay it Forward: Mom donates her company's swaddle blankets to NICU patients around U.S.

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Pay it Forward: Mom donates her company's swaddle blankets to NICU patients around U.S. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Swaddle4Swaddle is a 501(c)3 that donates swaddle blankets to NICUs around the country.

"We've got NICU blankets in 52 hospitals," said Rachel Quarnberg, who founded the nonprofit.

Quarnberg owns Audrey's Bear, which makes the swaddles that are donated.

"We've donated over 12,000 swaddles at this point," she said.

She started the organization after a mother reached out to her, asking for a deal on the Audrey's Bear blankets for her premature baby in the hospital.

"I just sat there and bawled for a long time, thinking about having a baby at 29 weeks, and how hard that would be," Quarnberg said.

Her blankets are perfect for premature babies because of the stretchy fabric.

"They swaddle really tightly and provide that give that the babies need when they're in the incubators to build their muscles," Quarnberg explained.

The Swaddle4Swaddle program works on a "one-for-one" system.

"Every time somebody buys a blanket through Audrey's Bear, we donate a blanket to a baby in a NICU or pediatric cancer center," said Quarnberg.

They work with 13 nonprofits that put the blankets in kits that are given to hospitals.

"It's amazing to me that one idea and a little bit of effort can go such a long way and impact so many people," Quarnberg said.

The blankets can get expensive to make and it comes out of the company's profits.

"It cuts into our profit margin a lot, but it seems like worthwhile cause," she said.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to Swaddle4Swaddle to help them make more blankets.

For more information, visit the Swaddle4Swaddle website.

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