GLENSHAW, Pa. - Mya Fox is your typical 7-year-old, except when it comes to what she wants for her birthday.
Described by her mother as an “old soul,” Mya hasn’t asked for anything but baby clothes, and not clothes for her dolls – real baby clothes.
“It just popped into my head. I got a lot of nice things. What else can I do for my birthday?” Mya said.
March 17 is Mya’s birthday. On that day almost eight years ago, Mya was admitted to West Penn Hospital’s Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit.
Mya’s mom Tina said she spent the first two weeks of her life being treated for a blood infection and breathing and eating problems. Tina said while going through such a stressful time, she remembers how small acts of kindness made a world of a difference.
“It always seems to make [the parents] smile when they come in for a feeding and see that their baby is dressed,” Tina said. “They think it is all medical, but to comfort the parents is a big part of the baby getting better.”
Now, a healthy and thriving almost 8-year-old, Mya wants to make sure all parents can feel the comfort her mom experienced. She’s made it her mission… Mya’s Mission.
“I got lots of nice things. I’ve got toys. I got a house. I got food. I want to give other kids something special,” Mya said.
Mya’s Mission Facebook page was created a few weeks ago, and has already garnered over 400 “likes.” She’s collecting new girl, boy or gender neutral outfits in premie, newborn or zero to three month sizes.
“Mya wants to donate them to the NICU and pediatric department at West Penn Hospital – the same department that saved her life when she was born,” Mya’s Mission Facebook page states.
The Shaler Township elementary student hopes to get as many donations as possible so she can deliver them to the hospital sometime in the next few weeks.
So far, Mya said family, friends and even strangers have been dropping off and sending donations. Donations can be sent to:
P.O. Box 182
Glenshaw, Pa. 15116
Mya’s Mission will collect donations through March.