I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but I never know quite what to say. I’m not good with words.
When a crisis happens, I’m a do-er. I want to have something I’m responsible for, something to do to help.
In March of 2007, one of my very best friends had a baby girl that lived only a few minutes. I felt helpless and worthless. I didn’t know what to do.
Later that year, when I was pregnant with Bennett, one of my cousins delivered a stillborn baby girl. Again, I felt like a jerk…especially because I was still pregnant. What could I do?
And, in early 2008, while I was still pregnant with Bennett, another one of my cousins delivered a stillborn baby girl. More helplessness. I wanted to do SOMETHING…anything.
3 losses — all within one year, all people that I adore.
I wish I could say that I went right out and did something fabulous, but I didn’t. I had a baby and tried to figure out how to balance life with 4 kids. And I forgot.
I don’t remember when I “met” Heidi, but I do vividly remember sitting in front of my computer screen sobbing at the slide show of her angel Elizabeth. Heidi’s the woman behind Angel Babies. She did something. She hosts sewing days at her house (and feeds people some seriously delicious food). I went to one a while back and made some gowns (click on the “Patterns” tab over at Angel Babies). It affected me in a way I cannot explain.
And here’s the part where I really don’t know what to say.
Can you sew even a little? Are you looking for a service project for a church/community group?
Consider making some gowns.
Do you have a bunch of fabric, ribbon, or trims laying around?
Consider donating it.
Heidi’s contact info is on the Angel Babies site.
Adding info from Heidi’s comment:
Thank you so much for this post. I’ve already gotten emails from a couple of people. The timing is perfect. I was just starting to feel a little overwhelmed by the needs lately. I’ve been shipping them all over the country in the last few weeks, and of course, there are so many needs here locally.
FYI for those of you that are interested in doing them, I get requests frequently for information from people in lots of different places. I love it when people can make a connection with their local hospital or Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep photographer so that they can do things to benefit people in their own community. Of course, I am always delighted to have donations for babies in Utah, but I feel like it’s a really really great thing for people to serve in their own territory. If you need help finding where to donate your things, send me a note – hvawdrey (at) gmail (dot) com.