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A Great State Visit to Rhode Island!

March 2, 2010

We started our day at Women and Infant Hospital.  They just finished renovating their NICU in September, 2009 and it is really beautiful! 

Nurse Erin and Head Nurse Beth was showing me how great the little baby is doing in the Pod.

They have pods like we saw at Rainbow Babies and Children’s in Cleveland and they have a NICU Family Support Program like they have at Akron Children’s Hospital.  Their program is funded by W&I, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and Hasbro Charitable Foundation.  They were the #1 corporate team last year and their goal this year is to raise $35,000.  They have been doing this for 12 years – they’re so cool and they told me they love the March of Dimes!

Keith and Beth from Women and Infant Hospital and the MOD gang in front of one of their amazing aquariums in the Family Room of their NICU.

Then we went to Kmart and guess what was waiting for us on the table in their Break Room?  You guessed it – ICE CREAM!!!  There were three different flavors and it was only 11 o’clock in the morning!  Mom told everyone about my Ice Cream Challenge I made to Mr. Bruce Johnson and Mr. Don Germano – I wonder how much money they raised so far and if they’re close to the money I raised yet? 

My little brother Alex is enjoying the ice cream while I'm giving my speech to everyone at Rhode Island's one and only Kmart!

This Kmart is the only Kmart in Rhode Island and they have signs for March of Dimes and March for Babies all over their store.  All the people were so friendly like all the Kmarts and with great leaders like their District Manager Paul Pallacio and Store Manager Gladys Collins, they’re definitely ready to raise lots of money this year.  We love Kmart!  Go Kmart!!!

Kmart Rhode Island - we love you! District Manager Paul Pallacio and Store Manager Gladys Collins are the greatest leaders!

Bank of America was our next place.  It was a call center and there was a great big room with lots of people talking on the phone.  The sound it made was really neat.  We met all of the Directors and shared our story.  They told us they are excited to go to all of their 1400 employees on the Bank of America Team and ask them for donations.  Now they know that with that money, 77 cents of every dollar goes into March of Dimes research that helps fund treatments and education so as many HEALTHY babies as possible can be born and preemie babies can survive.  Bank of America’s goal is to raise $40,000 this year.  They have raised over $350,000 since 2002 – amazing!!!

The Directors at Bank of America. Mom is standing next to their company Ambassador Kayla who had her son Cameron when he was only 25 weeks. He's 13 months now and doing great.

I love Summer – not just because I get to go swimming and camping but because of the Summer Infant products I used when I was little – like baby monitors and crib sheets.  We went to the offices of Summer Infant and everyone there was so nice and so much fun.  They have donated nurseries and baby products for raffles to help raise more money for March for Babies.  And they have made big donations to the Women and Infant Hospital, too. 

I'm passing out pins to all of the top walkers from Summer Infant's Team last year.

The cool bunch of Summer!

Before we knew it we had to go to our last visit so we gave big hugs, took pictures, thanked them for everything and headed to downtown Providence.

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  1. Rick Gallo permalink
    March 2, 2010 8:38 pm

    Rhode Island is one of my favorite states. I honeymooned there 35 years ago at Watch Hill on the ocean. It’s called the “Ocean State ” for a reason as they have some of the most beautiful beaches there. You are one busy guy….thanks for keeping up with your blog. I’m having a great time following you!

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