Monday, June 18, 2012

Project Hope-- Here's What We Need!

Hi friends! I am really excited about this. I can't even tell you how much this project means to me. My heart, more than anything, is to spread God's hope and love as far as we can. These memory boxes may seem like a small thing, but personally speaking, I can tell you they aren't. 

Nothing or no item could ever replace holding your own baby in your arms, but instead of walking away empty handed, these memory boxes are something tangible to hold on to. Honoring and remember and recognizing these sweet babies that were lost.

So. Here is what we need from you to help make this happen...

As I said in my post before, our goal is to double the 50 boxes we made last year, to 100 this year. Each box is hand decorated and filled with donated items that are either hand made or donated. Each item is to serve as a memory for the baby, but also HOPE for the future.

With that in mind, our "theme" for these boxes is Hope.

This is the list of items that each box will get, and items we need donated:
 Whether you can donate 1, 5, 20 or 100 of the following items, each and every donation is needed and appreciated!

100 prints designed around the word Hope or any scripture verses about Hope...{i.e Jeremiah 29:11 or Hebrews 6:19} in size 4x6.

100 4x6 Frames for these prints. We didn't frame them last year, but I think that framing them would add value to them as well as make it easier on the family to put it out somewhere in there home as a constant reminder to always HOPE.

100 Hand Stamped charms with the word Hope.

100 Lovie bears like this one. Similiar type ones can be found at Target, Walmart, Babies R Us, Carters etc.  I would LOVE to know where Mia's in particular came from but there is no tag on it. It's a little bear with angel wings...if anyone for whatever reason has seen this somewhere PLEASE let me know! These were not something that Threads of Love typically put into their boxes so it is impossible to track down where it came from or from who. 

100 Kraft boxes. If you know of a company who could donate these, that would be great! Otherwise they can be purchased for 5$ each at Hobby Lobby.

100 Little booties and hats.  

100 little hair-lock bags {50 girls/50 boys} & tags. The tags will have the verse "Even the very hairs of your head are numbered" Matthew 10:30.

We can also use very small blankets or any other keepsake you might have in mind or can make. We had a very sweet girl and her husband make hanging wooden hearts for us last time and the people at Threads of Love loved them so much they found someone to make them for all of the memory boxes from now on! I love that!  

So please, feel free to use your imagination with these keepsake items. If you make something or know of an item that you think would be perfect, I would love for you talk to me about it! 

You can also donate monetarily. Any monetary donation will go toward the purchase of the kraft boxes as well as the craft supplies to decorate them and extra lovies that are still needed. There is a paypal link on my sidebar that you can use to donate. Just click the button that says "donate to project hope" and it will take you to paypal. Also, if you would like to donate to Threads of Love for caskets for babies of families who can't afford one, you can do so by specifying that in the notes when you donate. 

If you would like to donate any of the above items, please let me know by either leaving  a comment or emailing us at projecthope619@gmail.com and we will contact you back asap. My sweet friend Kaylee has offered to help me in this area and I am so thankful. She will be helping me organize the emails and answer questions, so that we know exactly where we are with donations!
All donations should be sent by August 19th. 

If you have a blog and would like to help spread the word,  Danielle has created this button for us to do just that! Just copy and paste the html and place the button wherever you would like on your blog. Those who click on it will be taken here to the Project Hope link.





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To answer a question I have gotten more than a few times, YES, Project Hope will be expanding into other cities and states! I am just trying to figure out the logistics and details to that, but know that it is definitely where the Lord is leading! :)

Thank you so much, I can't wait to see what God does with this and pray you will join your heart with mine to see lives touched by his love and hope! 
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask!  

59 comments:

  1. LOVE THIS!!
    SO EXCITED THAT IT'S PROJECT HOPE TIME AGAIN <3

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  3. Since I don't crochet, I'll be making little fabric crib shoes. :) I'm honored to help!

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  4. I am SO excited that you are doing this again!!!! I didn't get to help the last time, so im in for sure this time!!

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  5. Laura, my kids and I will help!! We will take on the bags and tags for the locks of hair. I will stitch one of those tiny ziplocs to card stock and attach the verse as well. Love it. I'm already dreaming up my design.

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  6. What a wonderful ministry=) I wish I lived in your area, but either way, my prayers will be with you as you bless families with these boxes=)

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  7. I'm so happy to read this! I will definitely be donating. xoxo

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  8. I was wondering what size the boxes need to be... I have a couple sources for you but size would be helpful in determining which is best. And your little one's blanket looks a lot like this one: http://www.annsbabygifts.com/pid_47.htm I don't know if they're still being made or not, but thought I'd share in case that's it :) The Threads of Love organization here in San Antonio blessed me too when my youngest daughter was born 5 weeks early and only 3.5 lbs. She's now a very healthy almost 2 year old!

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  9. I am very interested in contributing!! I was interested in providing some of the "hope" prints. Are there any specifics I need to know? Thanks!!

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  10. Thanks so much for leading this amazing cause. I have added the button to my blog! If you ever want to expand to other states I would love to help with the cause. We are currently living in AL but will be back home in KS next year!

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  11. You mentioned donating wedding dresses for the casket linings---how do we go about that?

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  12. Hi Laura - I lost my daughter Jessica at 21 weeks and I am totally with you on this one. Hope is so important and with hope we tried again and Alyssa was born 7 weeks premature - she is now 17. Although she struggles with a mild case of cerebral palsey she is happy, healthy and a teenager!! I sew and would love to make some blankets maybe for the caskets. I would also love to talk to you about helping my daughter start a similar project here in Ohio. She is a Girl Scout and has talked about doing something like this for her Gold Award Project. Thank you for doing this.

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  13. I miscarried with our one and only pregnancy. I have your button on my page now. Thanks for what your doing. I know families out there are being blessed by this tender act of service.

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  14. your ministry is just amazing, love to you and prayers!

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  15. Laura, your life story and your willingness to encourage others is so touching. Thank you, it humbles me. My cousin lost her baby boy/first child almost a year ago today at 8.5 months. We celebrate her as a mother and him as a member of this family. She found such comfort in other mothers who could hold her hand emotionally.

    I'm eager to see the progress of this project in tomorrow's post. I'd love to help out. I can supply hope prints and 4x6 picture frames. I'll keep watching.

    thank you! Lauren

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