Acts of Kindness: Nicola Olivarez

LAS VEGAS - When a family is dealing with a critical or terminally ill child, their world is turned upside down. A local non-profit called BabyLoveBabyLove is helping these families meet some of their needs.

Nicola Olivarez started BabyLoveBabyLove six years ago in a small space inside Life Christian Church.

This week, she moved the clothing, stuffed animals and accessories into a larger boutique in southeast Las Vegas.

"When they come in here, it's literally an exhale. They walk into something that is absolutely lovely, all for them," Olivarez said.

Parents have the opportunity to pick from many of the new items - such as booties, binkies or hand-made blankets - for free for their medically fragile babies and children up to the age of six.

"These babies come down with cancer, transplant babies, they are in pretty serious shape. Families fall economically," Olivarez said.

So far, Nicola and her husband Jerry have assisted 50 families. The families are referred to them by Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Children's Heart Center, Sunrise Children's Hospital and Davita Dialysis Centers.

It's a coordinated effort that only began after Nicola lost several family members.

"It was about eight years ago and then again seven years ago, I suffered two personal losses," she said. "At that time, I kind of woke up and realized there are a lot of hurting people around us, decided it was time to take a closer look at that and start sharing what I have been given."

8 News NOW is rewarding Nicola Olivarez for her efforts, awarding her $800 as part of its weekly series Acts of Kindness.

If you wish to nominate someone for Acts of Kindness, visit our website or e-mail us.


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