To provide babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with a supply of basic essentials to bring home at discharge. Our desire is to show love and compassion to families who have a baby in the NICU at Christmastime.
Sunny started the Snow Bunny Baby Project in 2015 after her experience as a volunteer baby-cuddler at a local Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Lexington, Kentucky. She witnessed and recognized that the NICU was a special place where babies healed, and families struggled. She couldn’t imagine what it would be like to have a baby in the NICU and try and take care of another child at home, especially at Christmastime.
The goal was to extend love to these families by supporting them with essential items to assist in in the care of their baby. Snow Bunny Baby Project began in 2015 by providing a tote bag of items to each NICU baby at one hospital. Today, 7 years later, the project serves 11 hospitals in Kentucky and Ohio.
Sunny Grothaus was born in Springfield, OH, but grew up in South Florida. She is a graduate of University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business at Northern Kentucky University. She has a daughter, Haley and son, Michael. Sunny founded the Snow Bunny Baby Project in 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a lifetime volunteer of various projects, but it was her time as a baby cuddler that inspired her to serve these babies and families more deeply. After marrying Ed Grothaus in 2019, he became fierce in his support of the project.
Ed Grothaus is an Edgewood, Kentucky native and recently moved back with his wife, Sunny to the same neighborhood he grew up in. He is a graduate of Covington Catholic, Avila University and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business from Northern Kentucky University. Ed has three beautiful daughters, Julia, Victoria, and Melinda. Ed focuses on the financial and logistical needs of the project. Every year, he competes against Sunny to raise more donations from his golf friends than her tennis friends.