Bridging the Opportunity Divide

Meet the ‘Entreprenurses’ Behind a Clothing Line That Benefits Low-Income Families

January 23, 2015
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Meet the ‘Entreprenurses’ Behind a Clothing Line That Benefits Low-Income Families
Amanda Dubin and Kelly Meyer are helping families with premature babies. Facebook/Luc&Lou
A preemie's footprint provides design inspiration.

Two nurses working in a neonatal intensive care unit have dubbed themselves “entreprenurses.”

To help the babies and their families at the Broward Health Medical Unit in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Amanda Dubin and Kelly Meyer started a baby clothing company that helps needy families. Luc&Lou donates a onesie to a needy family for each one they sell and also supports nonprofits that benefit low-income families with newborns.

The design feature the tiny footprints of a 29-week-old infant that Dubin and Meyer cared for in the NICU. On one of the onesies, the footprints form the yellow rays of a sun and on another, a purple butterfly. “We were giving back to these little babies, and we wanted to really do it on a larger scale,” Meyer tells the Sun Sentinel.

Dubin says that they were inspired by the fighting spirit of the preemies they care for. “If they can do what they do, we can do anything.”

Now, Luc&Lou onesies go home with every “welcome to the world” package the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County gives to low-income mothers of newborns. Sales from Luc&Lou products also benefit Fort Lauderdale’s Jack & Jill Children’s Center.

Meyer and Dubin have sold about 400 onesies so far and aim to expand. “We will always be nurses,” Dubin says. “That’s who we are. But we want to go bigger so we can help more people.”

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