Monday, February 27, 2012

Clovers for Collins

Back in November of 2010, I met a group of ladies online.  We met on a public forum, as some of thousands of women who were due with babies in May 2011. 28 of us bonded and became part of a smaller exclusive group on facebook.  A long story VERY short, we have become very very good friends! All our babies were born within a two month period in 2011, but we come from very different walks of life, shapes, sizes, parenting styles. We have become a source of support and friendship in this 24 hour schedule we keep as our babies are young and our lives are hectic.

One of the ladies in this group gave birth to her little boy, Collins, two days before I gave birth to Ruby.  Her son passed away just 37 hours after birth, due to a completely unanticipated lung defect in which he was unable to breathe air.  We all mourned for her and loved and prayed for her, even as we all cradled and held our little bundles of joy a little closer in those days following his passing.  My heart still hurts for her when I think of it.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep is a charity that does photo sessions for families whose babies pass, at or shortly after, birth.  They provided a priceless service to my friend and she has taken on the charity as one to support in memory of Collins.  She, with friends as well, has crocheted hundreds of baby caps to donate as momentos to those families who need the services of NILMDTS.

In honor of Collins, as we near what would be his first birthday, my friends and I have founded "Clovers for Collins."  Clovers are a symbol that our friend has become to use in memory of her son as well.  We are making clovers in various forms and will be selling them for St. Patrick's Day.  A $5 donation will bring you a beautiful clover item for the holiday and ALL profits are being donated to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep in honor of a sweet, perfect, and precious little boy named Collins, who entered and left his mother's arms all too quickly.

The donation will be made on March 18th, what would have been Collins' 10 month birthday.

Please visit our facebook page for this project and consider making a donation to this cause that provides something that most parents never have to cherish...beautiful photos of their angel children.

And go hug your babies.

1 comment:

Andy's Bethy said...

As soon as I saw the title of this post I knew what it was going to be about, and I didn't want to come read it. But I did. I love you. I'll go hug my babies.