In 2005, GIFT’s founder Jennifer Krassinger decided to "adopt" a family in need for Christmas. A Registered Nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center (CGCMC) in Saint Louis, MO at the time, she contacted the social worker to see if there was a family that needed some extra help getting Christmas gifts for their kids. Jennifer then recruited family and friends to help with this holiday project and gave the small family a wonderful Christmas.
This gift giving became an annual tradition and year after year, more and more people became involved with the Holiday Project. In 2010, the Holiday Project brought an overwhelming outpouring of donations and volunteers; and three families were provided with Christmas gifts in a single year! This is the point when the "little" family holiday project transformed into a powerful force of altruistic compassion.
In an attempt to harness the momentum gained through the Holiday Project, GiFT was formed as an avenue to reach more families in need and to provide support to those suffering the financial and emotional stress of having a critically ill infant throughout the calendar year. GiFT has developed programs based on the specific needs of NICU families.
GiFT became incorporated in the state of Missouri in March of 2011 and is now a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization! GiFT is run solely by volunteers. We are always looking for fresh ideas a new people to help us continue our mission.
Let us know how YOU want to get involved by sending us an email today!