Family members of Becky Drees on behalf of the Becky Drees Memorial Foundation recently donated ‘Tummy Time Mirrors’ to the Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinics in Postville and Waukon. These mirrors are designed for babies to lay on their tummies and hold their heads up to look at themselves in the mirror, which in turn encourages gross motor (large muscle) development. Tummy time like this provides for better strength and coordination of the baby’s hands, arms and shoulders for playing with toys and gives a visual stimulation for the babies.
These mirrors will be given to ALL babies who are seen in either the Waukon or Postville clinics for their first well-baby check. Veterans Memorial Hospital & Clinics is the first recipient of these mirrors in northeast Iowa. The first mirror donations were made to the hospitals in Dubuque and Manchester in 2021. Since that time, the Becky Drees Foundation has delivered a total of 2,3000 mirrors to those three hospitals. Now Veterans Memorial Hospital has been added to that recipient list.
The Becky Drees Foundation was formed in memory of Rebecca “Becky” Drees who passed at the age of 22 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Becky was full of life and was a very giving person, always quick to offer help and support to anyone who needed it. Plus she was an organ donor. To commemorate her spirit and giving nature, her family and friends carry on her legacy through the Becky Dress Memorial Foundation.
Becky’s mom, Nancy, is a retired occupational therapist, who knew the best way to promote gross motor skills is for a baby to spend time on their tummy from birth. For this reason, they chose to provide tummy time mirrors to make a positive and lasting influence on babies and their development. Keystone Area Education on Agency provides educational materials for the parents to accompany the mirrors.
You can find, follow and donate to this foundation on Facebook on the Becky Drees Memorial Foundation Facebook page.