Monday, July 7, 2014

Introduction to Teeny Tears....a very special organization

I sew a lot for babies. 
However, I don't think I've ever sewn anything quite so meaningful as this.

 These are Teeny Tears diapers. Teeny Tears is an organization that provides these tiny bereavement gifts for families who have lost their tiny bundles. 

My aunt knows how I love to sew, she also knows my heart. When she sent me a link to Teeny Tears I immediately had to check out it. Upon reading through the website, it was without hesitation that I emailed them to find out how to get started and check on the hospitals nearest me that they have served. I received a very prompt and warm reply from one of the coordinators, and well, this is now a new personal project for me. While I am obviously new to the group, the community of volunteer seamstresses is incredibly talented and encouraging, as you would likely imagine. 

I will be sewing these tiny cloth gifts for our local Children's Hospital. After they are stocked, I hope to gradually reach out to other hospitals in my area to see what need they might have as well. 
To give you an idea of the tiny size of these little diapers, that is a Size #2 Safety Pin and is only 1.5" long.

Sewing these has been a very touching experience for me. There are moments it is overwhelming when I consider that this may very well be the one and only item a mother is ever able to cloth her baby in. And, as she says goodbye to her precious one.
I have never experienced the loss of a child through stillbirth, miscarriage or soon after birth....though I have experienced loss of those I mother through foster care, and this has been one of the most difficult grieving experiences of my life. While not exactly the same, it has provided me with something tangible to help me relate to these mothers and their families. I gently swing between feelings of complete unworthiness to have this privilege, to the overflowing blessing of getting to be a part of this sacred time. 

I am humbled.
I am grateful.
I am full of prayers of comfort and hope for these families.
While this is entirely separate from our Baby Sewing project this quarter, I invite you to learn more. Perhaps there are some of you that would be interested in sewing for Teeny Tears or similar bereavement outreach efforts. You can visit the Teeny Tears website here.  
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6 comments:

Karen M said...

Thank you for having this, can't wait to make some for our hospitals in Arizona.

Kristy said...

@Karen, I know they will be much appreciated. :) Best to you.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

You are such a wonderful person, Kristy, with all you do for others!!!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Featured today, Kristy...

Wonky Patchwork said...

They are just heart breakingly tiny, very poignant. I'll have to find out whether there is something similar in the UK.

A Quilter's Mission said...

Wow, about the same size my grand daughter wore for the first month of her life. The big difference is, she is now 10 months old!

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