My Story

One July 1, 2009 I entered the Medical Center of Arlington to deliver my beautiful baby boy, of which I knew had passed away two days before. His heart had stopped beating. It was a sureal experience walking into that hospital knowing what needed to be done. With my husband and mother by my side, I had to do the unthinkable.

My tiny baby of 1 lb. was delivered shortly after. We named him Greyson. And he was perfect. I remember his tiny little hands and feet. His small little face. He looked so little wrapped up in the nursery blanket. It was all so overwhelming, and peaceful at the same time. I loved holding his tiny little body in my arms. This was the last time I would see his tiny little face here on earth. Such a tiny baby in a big blanket it seemed. We said our goodbyes, and the nurse took him away.

After this experience, I have thought alot about that day. I think about others who have gone through this. Friends, family, and other loved ones. And those who I have not had the privledge to meet. Was their situation the same as mine? Did they hold their tiny baby in layers of blankets? Did it overwhelm them as it did me?

On that day, in the midst of all the sadness, and mourning, I received a gift. A gift from my tiny baby boy. He gave me an idea, of which, I promised to carry out. For all those mothers who enter the hospital wanting so badly to hold their baby in their arms and come home empty handed. This would be for them.

A gift by Greyson,
from me,
from you,
to them.

Mommy feels you, Greyson. And this is how I honor your memory.

I love you.

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I am looking for your help. Hospitals all across the country are in need of small, very small, baby blankets. In cases of fetal demise, babies are so tiny, even the smallest nursery blanket is much too big to wrap around their tiny bodies.

I know how parents feel when they are presented with their tiny baby, for the first and last time. Having to deal with a large blanket that doesn't fit, is a distraction. And, unnecessary.

If you can sew or crotchet/knit, would you please help me to supply blankets for these mothers?

My doctor informed me that 30% of all pregnancies end in fetal demise!

I know we can make a small yet, dramatic difference in the experience these mothers and fathers have in the hospital. It is heartbreaking for the nurses to try and present these tiny babies in the best way possible to grieving parents. They are extremely appreciative of any donations we can give.

If you would like to help in this cause, please start reading at the very beginning and learn about Greyson's Gift.
Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom for new information and updates

9/24/09

Helping in your area...

I have had many contact me about starting this in their own areas. Some of you have volunteered to help with the hospitals and mortuaries close to home.

As much as I would love to contact every hospital, I cannot. I am extremely grateful for those that are willing to spread this out across the world! I am putting together "start-up" packets for anyone out there that would like to make a difference in their own communities. It will contain information on how to contact your own hospital, and other important information to help you get started.

If anyone is interested in being a sponsor for Greyson's Gift in their own community, please email me. I will get out a packet to you right away. This would be a great job for someone who may not know how to sew, but would still like to contribute in some way!

Thanks so much to all of you!
Every time I receive a package
with your precious blankets inside, it warms my heart.

I feel myself starting to heal, and I owe it to all of you!

6 comments:

Lyanna said...

I am very interested. Emailing you :)

Danielle said...

I read your story on a friends blog and was deeply touched. I am very interested in sewing blankets and also starting this program where I live. I will e-mail you with my address. Thank you for your generosity in helping other families.

Mama Mel said...

I just finished 4 blankets and will be putting them in the mail tomorrow! :)

The Hershey Bryces said...

It's funny that you posted this about reaching out in our own areas. I contacted the Hershey Medical Center here in Hershey, PA and told them about your project and asked if they would have a need or use for it here. Of course they were thrilled and are very interested. I am the Enrichment counselor here and have already started the process of putting together a service activity of making these for the Hershey Medical Center here. I know we can get MANY made up for them.

If you have information that could be useful in establishing the Greyson's Gift program here, we would love for you to send it :)
e-mail me at
bryce_home@yahoo.com for my address.
Suzette

Natalie said...

I have a few blankets that I will sending in the next couple of days. I would love to get information on how I can start a program in my area ( Sacramento, CA)I have a great group of women who are wanting to help!
You can email me at
nataliegessell@comcast.net

Lynell said...

I'd love to have information on how to get started locally - my email is the4jollyrogers@gmail.com

Thanks!

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