When my kids were little, the days were busy and there were lots of things to remember. More than once, we didn’t realize formula was getting low until we made the last bottle. Cue the formula / diaper run- time to run to the nearest store and pick some up.
At P82’s Neema House, a new little preemie came to stay with us at the end of March. We pulled out the tiniest preemie clothes we have, and they are still baggie on sweet Claire. At just 3lbs, Claire needs to put on some pounds, so preemie formula is perfect for her. In short order, we needed to stock up on Preemie Formula- it’s specially formulated for little ones to put on weight quickly with tons of the right nutrients. However, all the stores in all Kenya were out! (Because of the way goods get imported to Kenya, it’s not unusual to have days or weeks when random things are out of stock.)
Cue the longest formula run ever. Thanks to the power of social media, we have 3 “shipments” of preemie formula coming to the Neema House this month. From Nanyuki, Kenya to Marietta, Georgia to the UK and then all around, multiple people have responded, some people have share the post, and it connected with someone traveling to Kenya. We now have formula being taken over tomorrow, the 20th and the 25th. Way more than running out for a quick formula pick up, this formula run is occurring 8,000 miles away!
We are so appreciative of those who commented, and shared, and found folks coming to Kenya to bring all the formula our little Claire needs, and more. She will have enough until she gets big enough for infant formula, and our supply is restocked. You guys are awesome! I love how God moves and mobilizes the resources He needs.
The sweetest part of the story came a few days later. Today, we got word from a nearby hospital and precious Catherine came home with Annie. Catherine is just 3 weeks old and weighs only 4lbs. She will definitely be digging into that formula and those sweet preemie clothes.