MORRISTOWN, NJ - It may have been too stormy an evening in early January to host a previously-scheduled event to benefit the Goryeb Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Morristown Medical Center. However, despite the need to cancel the event due to inclement weather, members of the Chatham Twig, a fundraising arm of the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center, still managed to garner the support from the community and reached their goal to raise more than $10,000 to promote safe sleeping for NICU babies.
 
Funds raised were earmarked to purchase a year’s supply of infant sleep sacs which NICU staff use to illustrate the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) on how to reduce the risk of SIDS, suffocation, entrapment and strangulation. Families asleep sac to take home, at no cost, to continue safe sleeping practices at home. 
 
"This significant gift is a wonderful testament to the large impact a small group of volunteers can make on an organization. We are so very proud of the engagement of our Chatham Twig members," said Samantha Ekert, Co-President, Chatham Twig and board member of the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center.
 
 
A Twig is a group of women who have joined together to support Morristown Medical Center through both service and fundraising endeavors. Twigs and their members are part of the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) and through their ongoing efforts and support, over the past six years alone, have donated more than $210,000 to various causes at Morristown Medical Center, as well as many in-kind gifts of blankets, food, toys, toiletries and more. 
 
WAMMC currently has seven Twigs in support of Morristown Medical Center – Chatham, Cromwell-Olive, Harding, Knitting With Love, Mad-Chatters, Somerset Hills and Springbrook.
 
For more information, please visit wammc.org.