How does Abby’s Gift determine who gets assistance?
Assistance provided to a child/family is based solely upon recommendations from the child's physician, hospice nurse, social worker, case manager, or pediatric specialist. Since the social workers and their teams have worked with the families, many times for months or years, they know their circumstances and most immediate needs. This makes our job easy because we do not have to determine if the needs are truly valid or not as they have already been evaluated by their healthcare representative.
Does Abby’s Gift help everyone? All children/families are welcome; however, not all families need us. Over the last five years, 100% of our assistance has been to low-income and poverty-stricken families. Often, families start out as a middle-class, two-income household and after months and years of treatment, the end result is only one income or none at all, depleted savings, and in desperate need for any type of assistance.
In what form is assistance provided to families?
The majority of assistance is funeral/burial expenses and gift cards.
What is the process for assistance?
We are intentional in making the process simple.
1. The child's physician, hospice nurse, social worker, case manager, and/or pediatric specialist completes an Abby’s Gift Request Form and emails it to us. For easy access, forms are located on our website or emailed directly to the healthcare worker.
2. We review the request and make contact, usually with the social worker, to discuss. Abby’s Gift has very little, if any, contact with the family.
3. Depending on the request and need, we work with the funeral home, cemetery, etc. to discuss details, gather additional information, and make payment. Checks are mailed directly to the business/vendor/facility.
How can people donate?
There are several ways to give:
PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and bank draft is available for one-time giving
Automatic deduction is available for monthly giving
P. O. Box 2644
Cypress, TX 77410
For Texas businesses. Employees may donate a percentage of their income to Abby’s Gift and the company matches this amount. Then, each quarter the company mails a donation check to Abby’s Gift.
Anyone can be a fundraiser!
Do you own a business? Donate a portion of your profits.
Do you sell products? Host an online fundraiser.
Do you eat at restaurants? Ask your favorite restaurant to host a day or a few hours where a portion of the profits go to Abby's Gift.
Do you work for a company? Join employee match.
The options are endless!
What can people donate?
The greatest need is money since 90% of assistance is for funeral, burial, and cremations.
2. Gift Cards
The second greatest need is pre-paid gift cards in any amount; however, the majority of needs are $100, $250 and $500.
3. Blankets for the Abby’s Blanket Ministry
When Abby was in the neonatal intensive care, the nurses placed a beautiful handmade quilted blanket on her isolette. The purpose of the blanket was not for warmth, but a simple yet powerful gesture of love. It meant so much to us that when we heard the church making the blankets had stopped donating them, we quickly volunteered. We can’t imagine other families with sweet, sick little babies not receiving a blanket, whether it be the remembrance of a time when they overcame all odds, or as a cherished keepsake for the family after the death of their child. You wouldn’t think such a small gesture could make such a big difference and impact, but it does. It did to us.
Our first blanket delivery was late October 2010, the same month Abby died. Since then, we have been honored and blessed, through the generosity of so many others, to gather and donate over 6,000 blankets to children and their families.
Postage is always needed for mailing packages to children and their families, assistance checks and gift cards, fundraising letters, tax receipts to donors, event invitations, etc.