Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Memorial

In memory of Gillian Brown, who would have been 12 years old today, I wanted to share this organization that was so encouraging to my cousins during their time of sorrow.


Their mission is to 'touch the little lives' of need premature and newborn infants in Ohio, to do all that they can to give families, free of any charge, the necessities that every newborn needs.  The volunteers make quilts, blankets, caps, booties, gowns, undershirts, afghans, bibs, sleepers, and other articles.

Unfortunately there is one additional need that is sadly met within the communities.  For reasons known only to God, many children arrive into this world prematurely, weighing less than a pound.  These tiny babies are called to join their Heavenly Father.  Instead of being able to rejoice at this new life, the sad reality is that the families must now provide for a single outfit in which to lay their precious child to rest.  At this difficult time, when parents should be happily shopping at toy stores for rattles or toys for their child, they are instead looking for doll clothing small enough to fit.  Volunteers respond during this time of grieving by providing burial layettes to these families for their child.

Each year literally hundreds upon hundreds of premature and needy babies are admitted to the local Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU).  The extremely small size of many of these infants makes it difficult to find clothing that fits, and when it can be found, is often beyond the affordable range of many families.  Every item provided is completely free of charge and no one in this organization receives any salary or compensation for their work.  Every penny donated is spent on providing for these little lives.

If you think you can help make something, even just this once in memory of Gillian, check out the website: http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/help.html

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