Laura from Project Hope and her blog Bits of Splendor contacted me a few weeks ago. I knew of her through just blogging but she found out about our story with Preston and Julian through a mutual friend. She lost her daughter at 23 weeks and has started an amazing process with Project Hope. Remember how I told you all that nurses gave us little memory boxes for the boys the day they died? Some women (and I know a few of you reading this will know it to be true) never get anything. Nothing. They leave with no memories of their little ones. Please – read on and share Project Hope with everyone. Maybe you too believe no woman should lose a child and a memory – just because of money or a law.
Hi there! I am Laura, the girl behind a blog called Bits of Splendor. I am so honored Diana has allowed me here today to tell you about a Project that is very close to my heart.
The dream for Project Hope was born on the same night, we lost our sweet girl Faith Marie at nearly 23 weeks. In a dark hospital room I held onto a box handed to me by one of the nurses. I picked up a little pink bear with angel wings out of the box, and right then I knew that one day, I would give that bear to my next daughter. It was a symbol of hope for me to hold on to.
Our daughter, Mia Glory was born and months later, I would hold her and rock her in my arms with that little angel bear and each time I did, the Lord whispered into my heart about all of the other moms out there, who needed to know this same kind of hope. Who needed to know that there was a God who loved them and had a plan and a future for them and that saying goodbye to their sweet babies was not the end. There is hope.
I wanted to be able to minister to these women in some way, so I searched out the organization that donates these boxes to the hospital and found out about Threads of Love. This is a nation wide ministry that reaches out to many families in numerous ways including those who have lost a baby due to stillborn or in the early stages of life. These memory boxes are based completely off donations and hand decorated by volunteers as well.
I knew right away that I wanted to partner with them and collect boxes and items to be donated. Including little lovie bears like the one I was given. This in particular was special to me because it represented a future. Something that would be a memory of our sweet Faith Marie, that could also be given to our future baby.
I had no idea how to start or where to even begin to try, but I did. I wrote this post one night just after rocking Mia and feeling that familiar tug in my heart to start something. To do something. To take the step.
I was amazed and am still amazed at how God worked through this project. So many people I will never meet, or even get to thank, reached out and wanted to help. We had businesses and vendors, friends and family come together from all over to donate to the project. Our goal was to have enough items and monetary donations to create 50 boxes for this organization called Threads of Love. We worked with the Sarah chapter here in San Antonio, and were able to purchase, decorate and fill 50 boxes including 50 lovie bears, that were then distributed through Threads of Love to hospitals around San Antonio, and then given to moms and families who had lost a baby.
Now months after our first project, I am feeling that same tugging in my heart. I want to do even more and even greater. My heart aches for moms who sit in a dark hospital room, searching for something to look to, or a hope to hold on to. I would love nothing more than to walk into each room, wrap my arms around them and tell them it it’s going to be ok. That there is hope and there is a future and a God that loves them.
Thats where Project Hope comes in. I have such a heavy burden for this and I pray that Project Hope and everything it represents always points to Jesus and Him alone. I believe He’s given us all a platform and an influence. I am always amazed and blessed by how God has connected me to so many amazing, amazing people through this blog who want to use their influence as well.
So, my goal is to create 100 memory boxes for Project Hope.
100 craft boxes purchased.
-Craft Supplies to decorate 100 boxes
-Items from vendors and businesses for 100 boxes. Click here to read the list of items we need.
Like last time, we will have an event here in San Antonio where whoever would like to, can come together and decorate the boxes. This was one of the biggest ministries that came out of Project Hope. Not only for the women who received the boxes, but also those who decorated them. The date and details for this will be determined very soon.
On top of the 100 boxes, I would love to be able to raise funds for caskets for babies of families who can’t afford one. When I visited Threads of Love and got a tour of the facility, something that struck me hard were these tiny, but gorgeous wooden caskets. Just a few of them though. And when I asked about them, I found out they were for babies of families who can not afford a casket. There have been some desperate situations of a family wanting so badly to bury there baby and honor their life, but couldn’t afford a casket and had to use a styrofoam ice chest.
That broke my heart. And I knew that when we began this next Project Hope I wanted to add this to our goal. A sweet man, here in San Antonio makes these caskets. He doesn’t ask to be paid, but just 20$ for supplies. I can’t tell you how beautifully detailed these caskets are. So the option to donate toward a casket will also be given. I will have a paypal linked from my blog where you can donate and specifically state where you would like the funds to go. Wedding gowns can also be donated for these caskets, as that is what they use to line them.
My heart is to give hope to as many moms and families as we can. And I need your help. Bloggers, business owners, handmade shop owners, anyone and everyone with a heart to do the same. Let’s put our hearts and minds together and see where God takes this 🙂
We will also be looking to expand Project Hope into other cities and states in the future, the details for this are still being worked out, but if you would be interested in being apart of this, please feel free to email me.
Again, please consider sharing this to spread the word. I know how much the boys boxes mean to me.