UPDATE: The 2011 Blue Jeans for Babies Day was another success. 38 attorneys and staff participated raising more than $500 for the March of Dimes. And everyone enjoyed casual day.
On September 10, 2009, Melanie’s life was changed forever with the birth of her son, Cole. Born five weeks premature, his lungs were not adequately developed to allow Cole to breathe on his own. Five minutes after his birth, Cole was whisked out of the room and down the hall to the NICU where he remained for five weeks.
Today, Cole is a thriving and happy toddler with attitude to spare! But Melanie recognizes how different the scenario may have been. “Without the research and efforts funded by organizations like the March of Dimes, it is certain that Cole would not have lived long after birth.”
In recognition of Cole’s first birthday, Melanie organized the office to participate in Blue Jeans for Babies, a fundraiser by the March of Dimes that raises awareness for the causes of premature births. The event is geared towards companies that typically have a more formal business dress code. The idea is for employees to make a donation and buy a t-shirt for the privilege of wearing jeans on the designated blue jean day. The local March of Dimes chapter takes it one step further and adds an Alabama vs. Auburn spin making it a contest to see which team sells more.
Christian & Small had 38 employees participate and raised $750. Everyone in the office celebrated with Melanie and enjoyed the casual jeans day on Friday, November 12.