Baskets of love

Ivy Lesser, pictured here with her twins, Charlie, left, and Calyn, delivers baskets to neonatal intensive care units at local hospitals to thank nurses for the work that they do.    

Photo by Larry Lesser

After Ivy and Larry Lesser’s twins were born, the babies – Calyn and Charlie – spent some time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Honor Health in Scottsdale. Today the twins are 17 months old and Ivy Lesser has started a project she calls Budding Baskets, where she donates baby clothes to the NICU departments at multiple hospitals across the Valley.

“I wanted to do something nice,” she said. “My husband and I went through four years of infertility so we wanted to give back to everyone, with everything we went through.”

She said the hospitals are in need of onesies from newborn size to 3 months and some of her friends have joined in the effort by donating clothes for the basket.

She purchases supplies for the baskets at Michaels crafts stores, designs them and fills them with onesies, a stuffed animal and a personal note about why she’s doing this. So far she’s delivered about five baskets. “The nurses are really surprised when I bring a basket in,” she said.

She hopes to expand her efforts to be able to include more hospitals. Contact her at

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