Pregnancy loss is one of the greatest losses a mother and father could possibly endure. Having experienced both pregnancy and infant loss, Alaina’s Gift Inc. is near and dear to the heart of my family and I. A parent cannot and will never be prepared to handle the loss of a child no matter what stage of life, born or unborn.
Alaina’s Gift Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded by Delvon and Charie Combo. Named in honor and memory of their precious daughter, Alaina Michelle. The Combo’s created this nonprofit organization after the loss of their daughter, Alaina to Turner’s Syndrome in January 2017.
Inspired by their own pregnancy loss the Combo’s dedicated themselves to helping other families who also have suffered a pregnancy and infant loss. This organization is solely funded from generous donations and fundraisers.
Alaina’s Gift Inc. Mission:
Our mission is to pay either the full amount or partial amount of medical bills associated with women who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss.Alaina’s Gift Inc.
Alaina’s Gift Inc. Vision:
Our vision is to assist as many women as we can each year to relieve the financial stress that comes along with this type of experience.Alaina’s Gift Inc.
The hardest questions that I am ever asked is: “How many children do you have?” … “Do you just have these two?” These questions make parents who have experienced a loss very emotional. Often, I find myself obligated to explain my loss which is a difficult conversation to have with someone who doesn’t really understand or may have not ever experienced such a loss. These conversations are hard for parents and others. Yet, organizations like Alaina’s Gift Inc. is making this topic an easier topic to openly discuss and talk about. This organization is actively spreading awareness in the community which is greatly needed.
Pregnancy and infant loss should not be a heavy conversation for people to have. “About 1 pregnancy in 100 at 20 weeks of pregnancy and later is affected by stillbirth, and each year about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States” (CDC, 2019).
Families are experiencing pregnancy and infant loss each day. And unfortunately, many of those families are left with medical bills. It is a devastating experience to suffer the unexpected loss of your child and then have to be faced with the financial burden of hospital bills on top of funeral expenses. These situations are never planned or expected.
Having experienced firsthand the emotional pain and financial strain of losing a child the Combo family has dedicated themselves to helping women in order to alleviate full or partial financial burdens, but also to provide emotional support and resources to those in need. Ultimately, advocating awareness through their events, volunteer opportunities and fundraisers.
Why We Need Your Help | How You Can Get Involved
Alaina’s Gift Inc. has been made possible through the love and support of others. And this organization will be able to continue to give back to others and their community through your help.
There are many ways for you to offer your support to Alaina’s Gift Inc., whether it is by making a tax deductible donation, attending one of their events, volunteering or participating in their fundraisers.
Upcoming Events at a Glance:
05.09.20: Mommy & Me 5k Run/Walk @ [Location: Occoquan Regional Park]
10.03.20: Remembering Our Angels 5k Walk/Run @ [Location: Occoquan Regional Park]
10.17.20: Relax, Relate, Release Event [Location: TBD]
Ways to Connect with Alaina’s Gift Inc.
One of the greatest contributions you can also make today is to follow this organization on social media. Please share their posts with your family and friends and help us continue to spread awareness and offer the needed support to Mother’s of Angels in need.
CDC. (2019, October 7). Pregnancy and Infant Loss. Retrieved March 6, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/stillbirth/features/pregnancy-infant-loss.html
MacDorman MF, Gregory EC. Fetal and perinatal mortality: United States, 2013. National vital statistics reports: from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System. 2015; 64(8):1-24.