Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Project Hope: "Now's the Time"

If you have read my blog for any amount of time, then you are familiar with Project Hope. If you aren't, and would like to know more about it, I would love for you to! You can start by clicking the Project Hope button on the side of my blog over there ---> and scroll to the first post to catch up.
Or simply click here to read this post in particular for the heart behind this project.

The dream for Project Hope was born on the very 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 hope. In my hands.

Mia 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. 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 of you, and 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 an 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.

Once again, I find myself at a place of having no idea where to start. But I know I can take the first step. And that is what this is. I don't have all the details worked out. I don't have a team of people to bounce ideas off of {although that would be awesome!} I just have a heart that really really wants to love on other moms who have lost a baby.



So, my goal is to create 100 memory boxes for Project Hope.
That means:
100 craft boxes purchased. 
-Craft Supplies to decorate 100 boxes
-Items from vendors and businesses for 100 boxes {a list of these items will come soon}
-100 lovies/bears
 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.



I'm trying really hard to lay out some the details without being overwhelming so this is just the beginning. I just wanted to "introduce" the project to you and then hear from you. Any questions that you might have, or suggestions to offer, please contact me.

I also need help with the graphics side of it all, because I'm clueless. Sweet Casey was so generous to help me last time, and I couldn't thank her enough.
I have a few new ideas and would love to work with someone to come up with a logo that we will use on all letterheads etc. including a blog button for those who want to help spread the word.

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 :)


 "Now's the time for us to rise, and carry hope and let love shine...
show this world that mercy is alive" 
Now's the time for us to rise, and carry hope to hopeless eyes...
-The Church, Elevation Church

Here is what I am looking for specifically.
-A committee to help with planning the craft event {local would be great because I would love to get together for planning meetings}
-Etsy shop, business owners, or handmade shops that would like to donate an item for the memory boxes.
-Etsy Shop, Business owners or handmade shops who like to donate items for door prizes at the craft event.
-Monetary Donations toward the purchase of the boxes, craft supplies, or the caskets.
-100 Lovies/Bears
-Bloggers who would like to place a button on your blog for the duration of the project and possibly posting about it to help spread the word.
-Someone with graphics design skills who can help with the buttons and logo. 
-Anyone and everyone with a heart to help spread hope.
***all business and shop owners will be included with links in a blog post as well shout outs on twitter***

Project Hope will officially begin June 19th and run through August 19th. 

If you would like to help or have any questions, you can email me at projecthope619@gmail.com, or leave your info in the comments below and I will be contacting you shortly.
A list for the items needed and other details such as dates will be coming soon!

Every single bit of help and support is treasured beyond words!  

Much Love.

29 comments:

  1. Wow! This is so touching, all that you are doing! It really pulls at my heart right now, as I am 24 weeks pregnant with number 3 and have Placenta Previa, which could be an issue for baby and I. So far things are just fine, but being in this situation has caused me to think about how precious life is and the loss that others experience.

    Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to read more about it and see the list.

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  2. Wow, I am sitting here very emotionally. I am praying for these needs and how I can be of help.

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  3. I'm excited for this! I'd love to help in any way possible!

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  4. i love this, all of it. that was such a comfort to me when we went through this experience. so grateful for all you are doing!

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  5. you know i'm in!

    i seriously LOVE your heart for this.

    xxO

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  6. You know I'm here ro help where ever I can. When you start getting boxes I can work on them at home to get a jump start before the craft event :)

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  7. Hey girl! I would love to help. I dont know what I can do but since I live here in San Antonio I think that may help. I can do some art. I can do one piece of a few or whatever you need. I can also do some art and give the procedes to you. I can do something with the word HOPE. some signs or my angel paintings...let me know!

    Love!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/melissalyonsart

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  8. Wow. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm a small blog, but I'm going to use the influence I have to spread the word.
    Abbie

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  9. I will help. I am a baby loss momma. Threads of love visited me in the hospital after I had Christian. The blanket is on the couch next to me as I type. It meant the world to me. Still does. I can donate something from my etsy shop to help at the auction.

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  10. Ps my email is erinlbuente@yahoo.com

    Www.thebuentes.blogspot.com

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  11. This makes me ache. A friend of mine lost one of her twins Christmas day two years ago. He was two months old. when she called and told me I wept on the phone with her. The casket was so tiny. Caskets shouldn't have to come that small.

    I have a vintage bridal dress I was using for my business. It got a water stain on the front at our last photo shoot, but if you would like it, I am happy to offer it. Feel free to contact me.

    stephanie.luxeboulevard@gmail.com

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  12. This makes me ache. A friend of mine lost one of her twins Christmas day two years ago. He was two months old. when she called and told me I wept on the phone with her. The casket was so tiny. Caskets shouldn't have to come that small.

    I have a vintage bridal dress I was using for my business. It got a water stain on the front at our last photo shoot, but if you would like it, I am happy to offer it. Feel free to contact me.

    stephanie.luxeboulevard@gmail.com

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  13. This is wonderful...you have been e-mailed.


    Christen
    www.anunordinaryhello.com
    christenldg@gmail.com

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  14. My friends lost a baby at 29 weeks and were given one of these boxes. While they are never going to be able to try again, they cherish that box and the peace it gave them in those moments.

    I am thankful there are people out there making these boxes, giving hope and peace to those who need it most.

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  15. I was contacted through my Etsy store about donating some of my snuggle puppies security blankets. I don't have any made up right now but would love to make some and donate them to you. Here is the link to my pattern for it https://www.etsy.com/listing/91986100/crochet-snuggle-puppy-security-blanket
    Please take a look and let me know if you prefer them in certain colors. I only have the puppy pattern right now but could probably do other animals also if needed. I would live to post the information on my blog as well. Please contact me at melsdaisypatch at gmail dot com.
    May God bless you for the work that you are doing!!
    Melissa

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  16. Laura, I do not have an etsy store, blog & am not a graphic design star, but I want to help! I am going to send out a request for wedding dresses for the lining of the beautiful caskets. I live in a small town in the Oklahoma panhandle and these girls sure know how to come together. I can also pray for your wonderful ministry and pass on your blog so it can be shared with others. Project Hope is a blessing as are you.
    Love, Hattie Whipple
    mhwhipple@gmail.com

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  17. I would love to be part of Project Hope! This is such a sweet project. I'm not local but I'm definitely open to putting a button on my blog and posting about it. .. and any other way I can help!

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  18. I am a graphic artist and would be happy to help you with whatever graphics needs you have for this project. Contact me through my blog at verymerryvintagestyle@gmail.com
    Mary

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  19. In tears. We lost our little boy in October and were blessed by Threads of Hope with a beautiful crocheted hat that he wore as we held him and now keep in his memory box. I live in MS but will make a monetary donation to this precious ministry. If you ever decide to grow, I'd be honored to help :)

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  20. Laura, what a touching thing you are doing. I'd love to help. I am a blogger and will happily post your button and spread the work. http://lietzfamily.blogspot.com

    Also, I am a professional newborn photographer. I'm not sure how I can help, but I am willing. Once when a client had booked me for newborn photos and the baby was stillborn, I rushed to the hospital and took beautiful photos of her. This isn't for every family. And it isn't an easy thing to bring up. I certainly don't think you can put it in a box. but if I can help in this way, I would love to. www.ChelseaLietzPhotography.com info@ChelseaLietzPhotography.com

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  21. Hi Laura. Vanessa Phillips told me about you. I am totally in and admire your will for this. Emailing you!

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  22. I would be more than happy to put a button on my blog. Also, I'm not sure where you are city-wise, but I would be glad to donate my service for a door prize if we are in the right location for that. I have started a baking business where I do fancy cakes, pastries, and other homemade desserts.

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  23. I would love to place a button on my blog and write a post about it. I had a partial molar pregnancy last year so I can relate. Let me know what you would like me to include in the post. Your amazing!
    Jen : )
    sewfabulous-now.blogspot.com
    sewfabulous10@yahoo.com

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  24. I don't have a handmade shop, or much to give right now, but I would LOVE to help spread the word by putting a button on my blog and writing a post for you as well. I don't live in the area, but if I did you better believe I'd be there to help craft away! What a beautiful thing you are doing.
    megnewsom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Loved reading about your project! I'm happy to help and donate design needs!

    Madaline
    Paper Clouds

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  26. you are so wonderful for doing this.
    for taking that first step and actually doing something. so many of us stop at the "i have an idea" phase and don't actually follow through (i'm a perfect example).

    i will be praying that all your needs will be met. although, i have no doubt that they will be.. this blog community is just so wonderful and generous.

    can't wait to see an update :)

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  27. Laura.. i definitely want to do something. I was thinking maybe a pendant with the child's name on it? Maybe the date? I'm not really sure. I've never lost a baby but my heart aches for you and those who have. Maybe you could tell me what you think is fitting. I'm excited about this and see how God is using you and going to use this to bless so many.

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  28. I would love to help you out, if you still need it. I live in San Antonio, so you just name it and i'm there to help you out, girl. God is truly using you to do something amazing and I would love to help in any way that I can. Just shoot me an email at justnicegirl2011@yahoo.com if you need help with anything.

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  29. What are you still in need of?

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