This time of year, there are a variety of “heroic” kid-related viral costume posts, from the girl who dressed up like Superman for her class picture to the “woke” baby who dressed like Colin Kaepernick. I have to admit, I roll my eyes at a lot of them — I can only take so many “What this kid did on Halloween will blow your mind and make you cry”-type posts. But finally, on Oct. 31, I found the one kids-in-costumes post that truly melted my heart. It was like a Christmas miracle, but for Halloween.
At Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, volunteers from the March of Dimes along with the hospital’s NICU nurses provided 35 babies with handmade Halloween costumes. These tiny Halloween costumes do more than just create a viral #winningatHalloween post. “Families with a child born premature can spend weeks or months in the NICU and this is an emotional, often stressful time,” says Jennifer Robinson at the March of Dimes. For these parents, enjoying traditional Halloween activities “allows them a sense of normalcy, and a celebration of their baby’s first milestones, which is what every family wants to do.”
In addition to offering opportunities like these sweet costumes, the March of Dimes works year-round to fight birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Donate or find out how to help here.