Jaxon, a baby boy in Kentucky, was born with a Congenital Hear Defect. His mommy and daddy made a baseball with his handprint on it while they were in the hospital preparing for his heart surgery. The simple baby memento made them feel like everything was normal for just a few minutes. The baseball became one of their most prized possessions and they want to share that feeling with others.
Lil’ Heart Sluggers donates a baseball, a baseball case, an ink pad, a mini Louisville Slugger bat and a Lil’ Silver Slugger Award which is given to the toughest and bravest Lil’ Sluggers after their surgeries. They also provide emotional and spiritual support to these families, the website has a tab where families can submit their prayer requests. For those babies that don’t make it, their families are given a full-size Louisville Slugger Bat that is personalized just for them and given in remembrance of their child. The website has a tab for Lil’ Sluggers and one for Angels Above the Outfield. Right now, they find families (or families find them) through social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. However, later this year they plan on being set up with a few hospitals across the U.S. to provide families with financial and emotional assistance to go along with the Lil’ Slugger Packs.
This is Charlie’s Lil’ Slugger pack after he put his handprint on his ball: