So on Memorial Day I worked on 20 boxes ready for July- My Jeremiah's First Angel Day. Fifteen boxes will be for the NICU and Labor and Delivery Floors at 3 different Tampa area hospitals. I do have some things I still need to go out and get and have had some wonderful mommies who have offered to make and send blankets in memory of their little ones. This time I decided to work alone, instead of having a pow-wow. I invited 12 people to come over last time, got snacks, etc. and only 3 people showed up. Everyone had some excuse. It was very disappointing, so this time, I worked on it myself. It was easier and went by quicker even though I still have more work to do. Here are some pictures, I took.
Monday, May 16, 2011
As I have been getting the newest inventory for the next round of boxes, I noticed I have very few (actually 3) blankets to place in 20 boxes. I was going to go to the store and just buy them but since I know how important it is for families to know that they are not alone on this journey- I would like to extend this plea to you. If you would like to send me blankets in memory of your baby, I would love to add them to the boxes with a tag attached to them that states "Donated in memory of ______".
After losing Jeremiah, I noticed that I had received a pack of six blankets for him at my baby shower. I will honestly tell you that til this day I snuggle with at least one of those blankets. It brings me comfort. It makes me feel close to something that was his- meant for him. I know that when the funeral home got Jeremiah he only had a hat on his head. No blanket. I asked where the blanket had gone and was told it was thrown away. That broke my heart. That was the blanket the was on his body. I want families who lose their baby to be able to chose what they want to do with the blanket that snuggled thier baby in the hospital. That's why I am so determined to make sure that each box has a blanket in it. Many families don't know that and in a moment of complete sorrow you don't know to ask for the items your baby had on until it is too late. At least this way the blanket belongs to the family already and not the hospital.
The plan is to have 20 boxes for the hospitals in the Tampa Bay area donated by the first week of July for Jeremiah's birthday. If this is something you would like to help with please contact me and I will send you the address to where the blankets could be mailed.
Thank you again!! Hugs to all!
Posted by Raquel at 2:30 PM