"As a Social Worker, having the Jack & Abby Neonatal Foundation as a resource means that I can offer practical help to families whose world has been turned upside down. Suddenly, a sick newborn in the family means that basic needs like food, gas and baby supplies become the most important things and yet the most difficult to get. The ability to reach out to a foundation created by parents who have truly been there and provide any small bit relief from the stress of the NICU experience lends peace of mind to both families and staff - and that is priceless."

– Ellen Negus, MSW Newborn Intensive Care Unit Social Worker – VCU Health System

Our mission

We're here to help you get through it all


The Jack & Abby Neonatal Foundation was organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. It is a dedicated organization of volunteers formed in 2009 to provide support for families with a baby(ies) in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or for those at risk for preterm labor.

We support families by:

  • Increasing awareness and educating about the symptoms and risks of preterm labor; and
  • Providing financial assistance to families in need with babies in the NICU.

Some items the Foundation uses donated funds towards directly helping families with a baby(ies) in the NICU:

  • Preemie car seats
  • Pack n’ Plays
  • Gas gift cards
  • Food gift cards
  • Hotel stays/local housing options
  • Breast pump rentals

Some ways the Foundation uses donated funds towards helping the local NICU community:

  • Sponsored 1 of the 16 bedrooms in the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House for families who live far away and have a baby in the Bon Secours St. Mary’s NICU.
  • Sponsoring Remembrance Services and flowers for families who have lost babies
  • Providing Holiday Dinners to NICU staff and families who have babies in the NICU over the holidays
  • Providing a NICU unit with a refrigeration system for donor breast milk
  • Sponsoring a Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Medical Conference
  • Provide NICU nurses with dinner during Week of the Nurse
  • Updating furniture in the family room outside of a former PCN