Yesterday afternoon we got to present the very first Fills Good check to Jalen’s Gift Foundation. It was a bittersweet experience. We got a chance to spend some time with Jerome & Gabriela, the founders of Jalen’s Gift, and I can honestly say there is no better couple to be running an organization like this. The focus and dedication that they have to honor not only their son, but the hundreds of babies that are lost at birth is amazing. After losing their son last year, they searched for answers and support from the community and there was none to be found. Not wanting other parents to have to go through the same experience, they created Jalen’s Gift Foundation. The Foundation offers grief support, financial assistance with memorial services, and care packages that includes things like a memory book and a kit to take an imprint of the baby’s hands and feet. Each care package is assembled by hand with love by the parents that have come together through the shared experience of losing a child.
It was an emotional experience for me to say the least. Before our meeting, I had no idea how big of a problem this was in the Vegas Valley. The daily and weekly infant mortality numbers that Jerome shared with me were staggering which is why supporting their organization, the only one of it’s kind in Las Vegas, is so important. Jerome & Gabriela still have their individual careers so all the money donated to Jalen’s Gift is used to fund the foundations initiatives. So if you are looking for a worthy cause to support this holiday season, please take a moment to consider Jalen’s Gift Foundation.