LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A dream to provide love to premature babies that was started 4 years ago has grown each year volunteers get together.
This year volunteers made 300 blankets that will be given to babies in the Woodland Heights Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
They're called "smell blankets" because parents take them home so it can have their scent on them, and bring it to the hospital so the baby can sleep with it while in intensive care.
It's all a part of the 4th Annual Luke's Love Event. It was created by the Ball family whose son, Luke, was born with complications and was in the NICU for 10 days. The only way to bond with their son was through smell.
"We just felt like we needed to do something needed to do," mother Leslie Ball said. "The first year we only made like 30 and then we realized we needed a lot more. We just continue to grow. For some the smell of them is the only thing the baby will get to scent from their parents while they are in the hospital."
Last year, the group made an estimated 200, so the 300 will go even further this year.