Sending Our Blankets to Brady’s Smile

by Erica

Last month, I told all of you about a special blanket making party we were having for Brady’s Smile, as a part of our new outreach, 5 Minutes for Making a Difference.

On March 16, 2006, Brady Blaine Hinton was born at St. Vincent’s hospital in Bridgeport, CT. He passed away two years later on March 16, 2008, his 2nd birthday. In between those dates, Brady endured a life complicated by intricate medical conditions. Through everything his little body endured, he never stopped smiling.

Having spent so much time in an ICU with Brady, we know how difficult and trying it can be on the child and care givers. Not a second would pass when we didn’t try to make Brady as comfortable as possible in the ICU environment. We received a blanket from an ICU nurse, which we used to bundle him up every night. He truly seemed more comfortable in this type of material and he would grab the blanket and rub it against his cheek.

The Brady Blankets program will provide homemade fleece blankets to babies and children in the NBSCU and PICU. Fleece blankets help provide a “secure” feeling to babies, especially premature babies, and are very soft and snuggly. It is our goal to provide blankets to all babies in both units as well as children who are coming out of surgery. Each blanket will be tied with a Brady’s Smile ribbon and will go home with the child upon discharge.”

– Annie and Matt Hinton, Co-Founders, Brady’s Smile, Inc.

My hope was that together we could flood Brady’s Smile with blankets for their Brady Blankets Program. So, today’s the day that your blankets were to be finished. If you completed your blanket, please sign the Mr. Linky below. Please feel free to blog about your blanket as well. I’d love to see a picture of your work.
My Blanket
Here is a little picture of my completed blanket. My kids had a lot of fun helping me to pick out the fabric. Audrey was very pleased to know that it was going to be a special gift for a very special baby.


You can mail your completed blankets to: Brady’s Smile, Inc. P.O. Box 320921 Fairfield, CT 06825.

Thank you again to everyone who took the time to participate. I hope that you had a lot fun creating your blanket.



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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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1 Melissa October 14, 2008 at 5:50 pm

I was able to make 6 little blankets for Brady’s Smile, and really had fun doing it! I plan to watch for when fleece goes on sale again, and make some more to send to them. It’s SO easy, and with no sewing involved, I can do it anywhere. :o)

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2 Lisa in ME October 14, 2008 at 5:58 pm

I did up 7 blankets & had a lot of fun. I do plan to make more in the future. Thanks for bringing this great organization to my attention!

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3 Laurie October 15, 2008 at 12:08 am

I made 2 blankets for Brady’s Smile and one for my son too. I got my daughter involved and we had such a great time making them. We will definitely be making more of these in the future. Thanks for letting me participate in this great project! I posted pictures of the blankets at my blog as well.

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4 Donna Schuster October 15, 2008 at 1:22 pm

I made 1 blanket to send. I got excited and gave the 2nd to a friend who is expecting. I plan to send more at a later time, when my daughter and I can work on them together!

Will send soon!

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