West Salem student’s senior exit project helps local NICU

Having a newborn in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit can be a stressful time for parents.

But an area high school student is hoping to provide a little bit of comfort with her senior exit project.

Bailey Sevier of West Salem crocheted a dozen items for babies in Mayo Clinic Health System’s NICU.

She says she learned to crochet while visiting her grandma in Texas over the summer and wanted to do something to comfort those families after her sister had to spend time in the NICU when she was born.

“I know it’s really stressful for parents, so just knowing there’s relief for them, like people are thinking of them and knowing that their baby’s going to be okay, it’s just comforting knowing that I could do something to help them with that is awesome,” said Sevier.

Bailey also organized a fundraiser that collected $500 in donations for Mayo’s NICU.