Local nonprofit collecting holiday donations for NICU parents

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FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- For parents of children in the hospital, the holidays can be a difficult time.

A Fluvanna County couple is using their nonprofit to bring some cheer to such families after going through a similar situation themselves.

Jesse and Chelsea Cobb lost their son, Christian, in 2017 when he was six days old.

Christian was born with his internal organs outside of his body, as well as other complications.

The Cobbs started the nonprofit, Christian's Purpose, to provide funeral funding, caskets and emotional support to families experiencing child loss.

They said being in the hospital during the holidays can make it even harder, so they are putting together gift bags for parents of sick children.

The gift bags will include things like gas gift cards, blankets and journals.

"If I had gotten something like this from another NICU mom, I would've realized I'm not alone. That's our biggest thing. We want them to know they're not forgotten and they're definitely not alone. There are so many others out there going through the same journey as they are," said Chelsea.

They plan to put together 75 bags and bring them to the UVA Hospital NICU and PICU on Christmas Eve.

If you would like to donate to help fund the gift bags, click the link in the Related Links box.

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