Requesting Funds/Supplies for GIFT BOXES of NICU & Newborn Essentials for Victims of Harvey

Photo of Connie and Aiden carried to safety (DAVID J. PHILLIP/AP)

Imagine that you are the parent of a preemie/hospitalized baby and a hurricane ruins everything in your house and displaces your family.

My name is Zachary Jackson and I live with my family in Sugar Land, Texas (20 min from Houston).  We survived Harvey but it flooded over 200,000 homes just in Houston, including 2 of my family members’.
We are blessed that my family is all ok, and since my school was closed until September 12th, I have volunteered helping 6 different families with emptying houses, moving furniture, and with demolition.  I have also volunteered as a translator at a church nearby where victims getting supplies needed help in Spanish.

Many of the victims have NICU babies or have newborn babies in shelters. Supplies are limited for preemies and size 0-3 months old, and/or they are not all found in one place. This project is to buy, assemble, and distribute Gift Boxes with newborn essentials to these families.

I am 16 years old, and when I was 3 weeks old (after being born prematurely weighing less than 2 lbs.) I survived the deluge of Tropical Storm Allison that shut-down my life-support equipment for 9 h
Many people helped my family then, and now I help others with the support of my family and friends.  Now I am asking for your support ($ or supplies) to help families with NICU and newborn babies.

With the help of our family and friends, we are raising money and supplies to provide GIFT BOXES OF ESSENTIALS FOR NICU AND NEWBORNS for parents of babies (0-3months) that are displaced from their homes or are hospitalized in Intensive Care Units (NICU /PICU/ CICU/ etc.) in areas hit by Harvey and Irma.

100% of the funds we receive will go to the gift boxes.  Nurtured by Design is matching the donation with products *The Zaky, Kangaroo Zak, Zen by Zak”


PAYPAL:  send to account: with a comment “FOR ZACHARY’S BOXES and [your name], [your email], and [note to Zachary]”
They charge 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction

They charge 7.9% and $0.3 per transaction

Tax-deduction: We are also joining forces with non-for-profit organizations that are fellow members of the Preemie Parent Alliance.  Please contact them directly to donate money/supplies (and get tax deduction) and ask if they are accepting donations for “ZACHARY’s BOXES” organized by Nurtured by Design (and what percentage will be used for administration fees).
We know that NICU HELPING HANDS accepts funds and supplies donations and 100% of the donations they receive (excluding transaction fees) go to help our project if you identify it is for ZACHARY’s BOXES.  Please send us a note to know what to expect and from which organization.

No Tax-Deduction: Send supplies from home or online store, cards of encouragement to victims, or checks payable to “Nurtured by Design” with the comment “FOR ZACHARY’S BOXES and [your name] [email] and [note to Zachary]”

Zachary Jackson/GIFT BOX
131 5th Street
Sugar Land, Texas 77498


SHIPPING ADDRESS: Please send supplies from home or online store to:

Zachary Jackson/Baby Box
131 5th Street
Sugar Land, Texas 77498

COLLECT AT YOUR LOCATION AND SHIP:  Let us know if you want to volunteer to collect supplies and Nurtured by Design can pay for shipping to our location.

This is the list of supplies needed (or anything that you think could help these families)
We will update the list as needed.  (Contact us with your comments and suggestions about this list)

– Hand written cards for families receiving the boxes
– Gender neutral (preferably) baby clothing sizes: preemies to 3 months old
– Bath supplies/ toiletries for the parents that spend endless time in the NICU (toothbrush/paste, comb, razor, shaving set, lotion, shampoo/body wash, deodorant, etc.)
– Comfortable socks for parents
– Booties / Mittens for newborn
– Baby wipes (no alcohol)
– Sanitizer gel
– Notebook/pen for journals and note taking
– Diaper bags for parents
– New cloth/disposable diapers size preemie to 3 months
– Baby bottles
– Nursing supplies
– Grooming supplies for baby (Nail clipper, hairbrush, toothbrush, bath thermometer, diaper cream, washcloth, baby-safe combo body wash/shampoo, lotion, balm)
– Small bathtub for baby
– Pacifiers
– Picture book and teething toy
– Boxes/Bags to place all these items!
– Condoms
– Nursing Pads
– Gift cards for the parents (groceries, gas, coffee, music, e-books, etc.)
– anything else that you think can help these families
Please donate now and let’s help nurture a newborn of a family in need.


We have been there.  I weighed a bit more than 2 lbs. when Tropical Storm Allison flooded Houston and shut down the power to my hospital.  My mom, Yamile Jackson, while holding me skin-to-skin to keep me alive, made me a promise to help babies if I survived.

Now I am joining her!  She has spent the last 16 years helping babies in hospitals globally and at home and founded Nurtured by Design.

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact me

This is a video from Oprah, telling my story of survival during Tropical Storm Allison and how it changed my mom’s personal and professional life:

On the insert is me, a week before the flood, with my parents, and the photo on the right is me with my niece, Elena, this year.

School is out so this week I have been helping victims of Harvey with my  family and friends.

Thank you for helping us!

Zachary Jackson

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