Retired marketing executive David Deutchman has found a way to give back in a really big way. The Atlanta man volunteers his time at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta with the Baby Buddy program. For 12 years Deutchman, 82, has been holding and cuddling premature babies, giving parents a much-needed break. Every Tuesday and Thursday, for up to four hours, Deutchman, will sit holding the babies, singing, reading, or simply loving them.
Nurses say this contact offers relief to parents who often need to go back to work and can't be at the hospital 24 hours a day.
The world could use some more Davids. Twitter melted over this story.
Parents echoed how important this is.
When my youngest son was 2 hours away in the NICU for 2 months and I had 3 children at home who needed my care, it was so comforting to know that these phenomenal volunteers and nurses were holding and loving him when I couldn't be there. They held my heart too. Thank you!— Robyn Bronson B. (@robynskeys) January 26, 2018
Such a blessing. Our daughter was in the NICU and PICU, and having volunteers like this meant we got to take a walk or grab food and not have to worry or feel bad.— Cotton (@JonathanwCotton) January 26, 2018
Deutchman inspired others to join the cause.
Anyone know if this volunteering is available in UK?— Lisa Randall (@lisarandall07) January 27, 2018
This is wonderful! I'd love to volunteer to do this when I retire one day.— val-holla! (@ValerieSprague) January 27, 2018
Some didn't catch get the "volunteer" part of the story. No one is getting paid to hold babies.
But the story touched the hearts of many.