NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans take on the Arizona Cardinals at LP Field on Thursday, Aug. 23, and once again are asking fans to help support the first of their annual stadium drives for area charities. This week, the Titans are teaming up with Nurses for Newborns Foundation (NFNF) for their Annual Community Baby Shower Drive at LP Field.
The collection of baby items will take place prior to the start of the game. Gates open at 5 p.m., and Nurses for Newborns will have volunteers stationed at the seven charity drop sites around LP Field to collect donations. Kickoff for the Titans 2012 season home opener is 7 p.m. CDT, and donations will be accepted until 7:15 p.m.
Titans' fans attending the game are asked to bring selected baby items to help mothers in need throughout Middle Tennessee. The baby items most needed include:
Diapers sizes 2-5
Baby bottles & sippy cups
Baby Electrolyte Solution
Baby and toddler clothing
Infant Tylenol or Motrin
Saline nose drops
Nurses for Newborns Foundation of Tennessee was founded in October 2001 by former Titans player Fred Miller, who went on to play for the Chicago Bears before retiring, and his wife, Kim. The Millers gave nearly $2 million to the program, believed to be the largest gift ever given by an NFL player to a non-profit at that time. The Tennessee Titans are proud to continue the work of Kim and Fred by helping raise awareness in the community and bringing hope to at-risk babies and their families through the drive.
Since its introduction to Tennessee in 2001, Nurses for Newborns has completed more than 50,200 RN home visits to more than 6,800 at-risk families. In the 2012 fiscal year, Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee provided 4,399 RN home visits to 742 medically fragile infants, teen mothers and mothers with mental or physical challenges.
"We are so grateful for the occasional diapers our nurse brings to us," said one anonymous Nurses for Newborns client. "When faced with the decision to pay bills or buy food and diapers, Nurses for Newborns is our lifesaver."
Joining the Titans again this year as game-day charity drive partners is American Paper & Twine, a business partner with the Titans. American Paper & Twine will provide trucks and drivers to collect and then deliver items for the charity drives, eliminating the costs and services previously incurred by the individual charities.
ABOUT NURSES FOR NEWBORNS:
Nurses for Newborns is an all registered nurse, home visitor model dedicated to reducing infant mortality and child abuse/neglect by providing healthcare assessments, parenting education and support to at-risk families. The organization also acts as an advocate when necessary, and provides critical baby items and food to families with emergency needs. The agency provides services in Davidson, Montgomery, Sumner, Williamson, Maury, Rutherford and Hamilton Counties. They serve prenatal and post-partum mothers with medically fragile infants, primary caregivers with mental or physical challenges, or those who are teen mothers. For more information about Nurses for Newborns, contact Gail Bright, Director of Nursing, at (615) 313-9989 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them at www.nfnf.org.