Dr. Karen Lucas, delivered the first of nearly 600 children that will be born in 2017 at Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) at 9:43 a.m. on January 1st. Kayleigh Henderson and Tyler Longmore of Saco welcomed their 7 pound 1 ounce baby boy in the warmth and comfort of SMHC's beautiful Birthing Suite, and Elliott Charles Longmore earned the distinction of being SMHC's first baby of the New Year.
Elliott Charles and his parents received a spectacular gift cart filled with items donated by SMHC, volunteers and community members. The cart included: diapers; clothing; home safety items; bath items and bottles; bowls and spoons; books; two quilts; sweater set; hats and mittens; burp cloths; a Boppy; Infant Play Mat; stuffed Giraffe from The Pill Box (SMHC’s Gift Shop); a gift bag filled with books; diapers and clothing from Altrusa International, Biddeford Chapter; a $50 Gift Card from Community Relations and a heartfelt gift from the 2016 First Baby.
“Time flies whether you realize it or not, and for us time flew," said new mother Kayleigh Henderson. "It wasn’t until the morning my water broke that reality set in. This was the day! The day where your life changes forever. Excitement filled my body and tears littered my face. Not a single person or action can prepare you for such a glorious blessing. In a moment’s time, everything stands still and you forget about the struggles and pain. All you have now is a beautiful child and a beautiful bond."
Tyler and I are beyond blessed with our handsome little boy. We are grateful for the love and support of family and friends. A huge thank you to the nurses and doctors who guided me and helped me through this experience. Words can’t explain our gratitude, but in the near future Tyler, Elliot and I will pay it forward. Even though he was a few days late, God blessed us with one of his many angels, on New Year’s day and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
In addition to the cart Elliott, along with all other Maine resident babies born in 2017, will be eligible to receive a $500 grant through the Harold Alfond College Challenge to start a NextGen College Investing Plan® (NextGen®) account. The Alfond Scholarship Foundation set up the grant program to help ensure access to higher education for all Maine’s children. All Maine resident babies born after January 1, 2013 will receive the $500 Harold Alfond College Challenge Grant. Parents only need to open a NextGen account so that anyone, including parents, grandparents, family and friends, can invest in their child’s future.
For more information on the Harold Alfond College Challenge, please call 800-228-3734 or visit www.500forbaby.org
. For more information about NextGen, please call 800-228-3734 or visit www.famemaine.com/nextgen.
About the Alfond Scholarship Foundation
The Alfond Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established specifically to sponsor and support the Harold Alfond College Challenge. This new foundation is a partnership of organizations and individuals who truly embrace Mr. Alfond’s philosophy, and includes representatives from the Maine Compact for Higher Education, FAME, the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, the Maine Community Foundation, the Mitchell Institute, and at-large members that include representatives from MaineGeneral Health and the Maine Hospital Association.
PHOTO CAPTION: Congratulations to Kayleigh Henderson and Tyler Longmore of Saco who welcomed their new son Elliott Charles Longmore, at 9:43 a.m. on January 1st. Elliott Charles was the first baby of the New Year born at Southern Maine Health Care.