The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Community

February 7, 2014

Crafts for a baby

Fertucci, husband start Etsy page to pay for fertility treatments

(Continued)

Crafts4BabyFertucci

The IVF package the couple is considering will give them multiple tries, and if it doesn’t work, they’ll get 70 percent of their money back. The package has a 90 percent success rate, Bopp said.

The problem: there is no payment plan, so the Fertuccis have to pay $30,000 upfront.

They had some money saved, but their sewage line broke and drained their savings. Both work at the Children’s Bureau and volunteer as youth leaders at their church, so getting extra jobs to pay for treatments doesn’t seem feasible.

Stephanie said she’s always been frugal, and now she’s an even bigger penny pincher.

“When I’m out shopping and want something I ask myself, ‘Is this more important than a baby?’” she said.

Her sister, Nichole Sommers, came up with the idea for the Etsy site with a friend and got the ball rolling.

Sommers, an elementary school librarian for Indianapolis Public Schools, said the heavy snowfall this winter has helped give her time to make burp cloths and blankets to sell.

“This is what I did all day for my snow day,” she said. “I watched ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and crocheted.”

The sisters sell their own crafts, but many friends and family have stepped up and given them items to post, giving them a portion or all of the profits.

Since launching in early January, they’ve raised about $100 for the baby fund, and have gotten more than 140 “likes” on their Crafts4BabyFertucci Facebook page.

They know the Etsy site won’t totally pay their way to become parents, but they figure every little bit helps. It also has shown the couple they have a ton of support from friends and family.

“Even if it’s not financially,” Matt said, “it helps us emotionally.”

Like Kelly Dickey on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @KellyD_THB, or call 640-4805.

On the Web To join the Crafts4BabyFertucci Facebook page, go to www.facebook.com/Crafts4BabyFertucci. To go to the family's Etsy page, go to http://www.etsy.com/shop/Crafts4BabyFertucci.

Text Only
Community
  • FEA - HB0822 - PHHS band - DH - 001 PHHS marching band, Directors Jazz Orchestra to perform The Pendleton Heights High School Marching Arabians Band and Directors Jazz Orchestra are putting on a show for the community at 6 p.m. Sunday at Falls Park.

    August 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • United Way wants community to pull together United Way of Madison County decided to encourage the community to pull together – literally.

    August 21, 2014

  • Community Briefs: Aug. 22

    A compilation of community news items as published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    August 21, 2014

  • FEA - HB0821 - camera exhibit - DK - 016 Historical Society opens camera, photography exhibit Photos freeze moments in time to look back on, and now the public can catch a glimpse at how photographic technology has evolved.

    August 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • Jim Bailey: School days, school days, good old August dog days Those of us who didn’t start school until after Labor Day are still trying to digest all the changes in the school calendar as educators tell us kids are more likely to retain what they learn if they aren’t off too long in the summer.

    August 20, 2014

  • Community Briefs: Aug. 20 A compilation of community news items as published in the Wednesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    August 19, 2014

  • FEA - HB0819 - Mommy Monday - JC 3 Mommy and me time

    Babette Bargo of Anderson said she brought her daughter to Community Hospital’s first Mommy Monday to meet other mothers and children after her sister-in-law told her about the event.

    August 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Community Briefs: Aug. 19 A compilation of community news items as published in the Tuesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    August 18, 2014

  • FEA - HB0818 - Park Place Arts - 007 Drawing parallels A collection of Stephanie Cochran's work is on display at Park Place Arts’ newest exhibit, “From the Smallest Among Us…” The show opened Aug. 1 and runs until Sept. 13.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Community Briefs: Aug. 18 A compilation of community news items as published in the Monday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    August 17, 2014

Reader Pet Photos


We're looking for your best pet photos! Share your photos of your favorite non-human companions in our new photo gallery. Click here to upload your photos

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin