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February 7, 2014

Crafts for a baby

Fertucci, husband start Etsy page to pay for fertility treatments

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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.

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