In 2005, Jennifer Krassinger, GiFT's Founder and a Registered Nurse in NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit), decided to "adopt" a family in need for the holidays. With help from the NICU social work team, a family was identified that needing basic infant care items and household essentials. Jennifer invited family and friends to help with the effort by sharing a wish list, collecting the items, and delivering them to the family.
The effort instantly became a family tradition and is known as The Holiday Project. Support for the Holiday Project grew each year as more and more people became involved. In 2010, the Holiday Project support surged to an all time high. This is the point when Jennifer realized the that momentum around the effort had grown far beyond what was expected. Knowing that more families could benefit from this additional support, GiFT began with the launch of our Destination Home program, providing infant care essentials throughout the calendar year for NICU families preparing to bring their babies home.
GiFT became incorporated in the state of Missouri and obtained 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in 2011. Since then, GiFT has developed additional programs and expanded our reach, serving hundreds of NICU families each year.