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Titans to Host Nashville’s Largest Baby Shower Sunday vs. Chiefs

Posted Sep 30, 2013

The Titans are asking fans to donate baby items for the Nurses for Newborns Foundation prior to Sunday's game vs. Kansas City at LP Field.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans take on the Kansas City Chiefs at LP Field on  Sunday, October 6 and once again are asking fans to help support the annual stadium drives for area charities. 

This week, the Titans are teaming up with Nurses for Newborns Foundation (NFN) 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 10:00 am and Nurses for Newborns will have volunteers stationed at the seven charity drop sites around LP Field to collect donations. Kickoff for game will be at 12:00 noon and volunteers will be collecting items until 12:15 pm.

Titans’ fans attending the game are asked to bring selected baby items to help mothers in need throughout Middle Tennessee. The shelves are getting bare. The baby items most needed include:

• Diapers sizes 2-5 (larger sizes always needed)                                                                                                
• Baby wipes                      
• Infant/Children’s Tylenol or Motrin
• Baby bottles & sippy cups     
• Baby Formula    
• Baby and toddler clothing    
• Blankets                                 
• Baby Electrolyte Solution             
• Infant thermometers              
• Saline nose drops          
• Nasal aspirators (bulb syringes)

Nurses for Newborns Foundation of Tennessee was founded in October 2001 by former Titans player Fred Miller and his wife, Kim, who went on to play for the Chicago Bears before retiring.  The Millers gave nearly $2 million dollars 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 over 56,000 RN home visits to over 7000 at-risk families. In the 2013 fiscal year, Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee provided 3800 RN home visits to 458 medically fragile infants, teen mothers and mothers with mental or physical challenges.

“My Nurses for Newborns nurse has helped me with diapers and clothes for my baby when I had no other way to get them. She has made a huge difference in our lives.” said one anonymous Nurses for Newborns client.  “I don’t mind doing without for myself but it hurts when I can’t provide for my baby. My nurse helps me find ways to improve our situation and gives me the support that I don’t have otherwise.”

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, and Rutherford 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 gail.bright@nfnf.org or visit them at www.nfnf.org

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