Today commemorates a decade of milk banking for Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas. Our anniversary luncheon at Ridglea Country Club will celebrate 10 years of collecting, storing, pasteurizing and dispensing human donor milk to premature and critically ill infants. Donor moms, recipient families, milk bank administrators, physicians and nurses will all be in attendance as we look back on all we have accomplished together.
One donor mom, Maria Walters, is looking forward to the event. She explains, “It will be so meaningful to have representatives from every aspect of milk banking in one room, applauding past accomplishments and looking forward to saving many more babies in the future.”
The milk bank, a non-profit organization, has been processing donor milk since September 2004. “Its overwhelming to comprehend the milestones we have experienced over the years” says Simone Summerlin, Outreach Director. She adds, “The milk bank now has 35 collection depots in Texas and in four other states, and serves over 95 hospitals.”
In ten years, the milk bank has dispensed almost 2 million ounces of milk from over 4000 donors. As the demand grows, so does the effort to keep the supply flowing for premature and critically ill infants.
Amy Vickers, Executive Director, knows the milk bank’s success would not have been possible without the selflessness of the donors. “When it comes to the tiniest, sickest NICU babies, every drop counts. We are forever indebted to our amazing donor moms and greatly appreciate the thousands of moms who over the last 10 years have donated their excess breastmilk to help us save lives,” she says.
Proceeds from today’s luncheon will benefit the milk bank’s charitable care program, the Milk Money Fund, as well as seed the organization’s newly formed permanent endowment fund. Money raised will ensure that all infants with a medical need will receive donor human milk for many more decades to come.
If you were unable to join us today, but still wish to donate, gifts can be made via PayPal by visiting our website.