ROCKPORT — Isla Rose and Harper Elizabeth were born Sept. 2. Within about a month’s time their mother, Alyssa Carey, had died suddenly and unexpectedly.

A group of neighbors and friends in Rockport are scrambling to help raise money and gather needed items ranging from formula to car seats to be ready for the twins’ release from Maine Medical Center in Portland. You can visit their page on Gofundme.

The babies are coming to Rockport to live with their father Nate Atwell and his girlfriend, Danielle Mills Blake. Their neighbor Hannah Poisson-Smith has been getting the word out on Facebook about the need to help these children. She and others are gathering donations in bins outside their home at 205 Commercial Street, near the intersection of Routes 1 and 90. The housing there includes those dedicated to Sea Dog Brewing Co. employees.

Among the hard-to-get items are special formula for premature babies and clothes small enough for the children. She said they are also in the process of setting up a crib and bassinets. The babies need diapers in a special small size and they need wipes that have no fragrances.

Poisson-Smith said Isla is expected to come home Saturday and Harper will spend another week or two in a hospital, but may be moving from Portland to a location closer to home.

Everyone is scrambling because they were not expected to be coming out of the hospital so soon. At a month old, the twins are still under 5 pounds.

“Everyone is excited for the babies, but this was not the plan,” she said.

For more information, visit the Gofundme page or Poisson-Smith’s Facebook page.

Donations are being gathered at 205 Commercial St. in Rockport.