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Volunteers of H.A.I.N. this blog allows all of our volunteers to post in it so you can share more about you. 


  • What your favorite Crafts are
  • About your family (if your married, have kids)
  • What is your most favorite items to make for charity
  • What is your most favorite items to make non charity related
  • Do you have pets
  • What other charity work do you do (if you do) besides charity work for H.A.I.N.
  • What is your favorite hobby or what else do you do in your spare time
  • Favorite colors
  • Favorite t.v. shows or movies
  • Do you cook? What is your most favorite meals to prepare
  • Are you a member of Ravelry? Could you share your user name so we can all connect there/
  • What is your favorite pattern if you had to choose (or patterns if you have more than one)
  • Do you like to read? If so what is your favorite book/s?
  • Do you love art? Do you have a favorite artist?
  • Why did you join H.A.I.N., how did you hear about us
  • What is your most favorite Division in HAIN to serve in
  • What is your favorite vacation spot
  • What States (US) have you traveled in (if not from US, favorite places where you live)
  • Do you enjoy board games (any favorites), or any other games you enjoy playing

These are just a few idea's for you. You are welcome to use these idea's or just write whatever you like or about whatever you like. Lets hear from you!!



I am very proud to be a member of HAIN.  I have not been able to contribute since joining, but hope to in the future.
 Two years ago...I lost my Dad and my Mom moved in with us a
 year ago.  She is 90 years old and has been hospitalized 3 times this year.  My time has been devoted to my parents
 for the last couple years.  I do have several baby crochet hats made and also some little blankets.  I would love to donate them.  Is there a place close by me where they can be dropped off?

 I am very interested in making clothing for children, blankets, etc.  I lost 4 babies by miscarriage and premis are very special to me.

 Thanks so much!

 Peggy Dieu





My name is Leslie Hayden. I am 29 years old and I live in Christopher, IL. I have a 3.5 year old daughter and two fur babies, Shiloh and Lucy.

My hobbies include homeschooling my daughter, crafts, reading, and knitting. My daughter was a nicu baby when she was born and during her time there she received a pink fleece blanket. It wasn't much but as a first time mom with a sick child it meant the world.
I joined Hain because I wanted to give back in honor of my daughter. I wanted to give something to those mom's and dad's who may be going through the same thing my daughter and I did when she was born. It may not be a lot to give a hat or mittens etc but I believe it does provide some form of comfort. 


mom-1.jpgMy name is Bertha Parnusie, I am 75 yrs. old, retired and love to crochet.  I also knit and do other crafts but crocheting is my real passion.
I would like to become more involved in donating needed baby items.  I mostly crochet hats for premies and newborns and donate them to oour local hospitals.  Right now I am making car seat size blankets and include a new born size hat.  These blankets also work well in the plastic bassinet they use in the hospitals.  I joined HAIN many years ago as I was interested in helping babies  The picture attached is of me and my grandson on his wedding day in Sept. 2016.  Looking forward to hearing from you and informing me on how I can help out with current needs.
Bertha Parnusie
Life is a lovely song, thanks for singing with me.
Note from HAIN: We are so honored to have you with us. Thank you so much for joining all of us to help reach the sweet precious babies. We appreciate you!!



Karins Story

Oct 2008 Article

Hi, my name is Karin Carnine and Mary has asked that I share a little bit about myself. I’m 42 years old and have been married to Matt for 12 years. We have two daughters, Ingrid, age 10, and Carolyn, age 7. I stay at home and homeschool both of them. We all live in very sunny Tucson, Arizona but I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

I first started crafting when I was about 13. My best friend, Cheryl, taught me how to crochet. She only taught me the very basics and over time I learned more through a book. The very first thing I made (and never finished) was a blanket. I didn’t know about making turning chains at the ends of the rows so my blanket looked pretty weird! The sides would start to come in because I was missing chains and after a few rows I would notice it was getting narrower. So I would make some extra chains at the next row to bring the blanket back out. I wish I had kept that blanket so that people that say they could never learn to crochet could see it.

Most everything I made were gifts for my family. But I never made anything for charity. I worked so hard on things that there was no way that I was going to just give something away to someone I didn’t know. God had to really do a work in my heart. It took until I was about 24 for God to bring me full circle. I was working as a nurse in a physical rehab hospital. Every patient was given a lap robe and a wheelchair bag. I enjoyed seeing the blankets and eventually decided that I would like to make them to. Its funny that I was so resistant to giving my crocheted items away, and then I went to the opposite extreme. I couldn’t wait to give my stuff away. It was so much fun to do that.

It wasn’t until later that I thought things through. I believe that God puts things in us. He put the love of crocheting in me. And, He doesn’t just put that in us for us to keep it to ourselves. He wants us to share His Love. There’s nothing wrong with making things for ourselves or selling things that we make. But I believe He wants us to use our crafting to reach out to those who are hurting or who are lost. My crocheting is a gift from God to me that He wants me to give to the world.

I really can’t remember how I found HAIN. When I first joined I could not figure out how to post in the craft forum. I think Satan was trying to confuse my mind so that I could not have fellowship with you all. The forum has been so wonderful to me. I love getting to know you all and to see the pictures of the things you make. The way that people come together to support and encourage each other is so wonderful.

Well, I hope you all have enjoyed getting to know me. And I can’t wait to hear about someone else.



July 2009 Article

Name: Heather Joy Maynard

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a mom of 3 girls and a foster mom of a little boy right now. I also sing in the praise and worship team at church and laides choir. I have a Jr.Church class I teach on Sunday as well. I homeschool my 3 girls and am a stay at home mom. I babysit and try to enjoy each day with my children and surround my self with children. I been married for 10 years and loving having a wonderful husband to share my life with. I lost three babies, two miscarriages and one Son to Triploidy. I have a deep faith in God and try to live my life to Glorify him.

Do you have any children? Yes 3 and hopefully more in the future if God wills it.

When did you join H.A.I.N.? I believe 2008

Why did you join H.A.I.N.? Because I lost a baby boy and two miscarriages and I thought maybe it would be good to have others to relate too.

What do you do for H.A.I.N.? I donate clothes in our local area and try to make things as well when I have time. I knit and sew.

What is your favorite pattern? I like to make my own but I printed off a few..

Why is it your favorite?

What are your donation goals for the month of April? Not sure.

What is your favorite part of being a member of H.A.I.N..? Having loving friends to help grieve and mourn our loss. Its also wonderful to just know someone cares..

More information we may have forgotten you would like to add? (i.e: story, a funny, testimony, if you have an angel and want to share, had premature baby yourself, child who has been in trauma so you relate etc…)

I believe everything I have gone through is for a reason. I await the time I go to heaven to see my babies. I feel a peace knowing that they are in heaven and will never know any hurt or pain. I feel that through this loss I have become a better mother for my other children. I love them more and try to live each day like it was my last. I take time to hug them more and hold them more because you never know how long you truly have.

Just a ordinary mom doing extraordinary things through Christ.

Whatsoever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. Colossians 3:17


July 2006 Article

Testimony for Cheryl Chow

I am 40 years old, mother of 3 girls and married for 10 years. This is my story of becoming a Christian about 6 years ago. It is also a story of my oldest daughter who is an angel in heaven but who, ultimately, brought me to God.

Growing up I had only attended a church once. My parents decided one Christmas that it would be good to go to church for Christmas Eve service. We went and never went back to a church again. The only other times I had been to a church was for a couple of family weddings and the funeral of my Grandfather. I didn’t know that Jesus existed. I always believed there was a God but didn’t know anything about Him.

When I was 28 years old I met my husband. We had a daughter named Brianna about a year after we met. She was beautiful and we were a happy family. When she was 5 1/2months old she suffocated in a portable crib while we were visiting my parents. We were in shock as were my parents and the rest of our families and friends.

About 3 days after her death I had such an urge to buy a bible. I think God had needed my heart to be completely broken apart in order to reach me. He needed to bring to the bottom of a pit before I would even consider reaching out to Him. I went to a Christian Book Store with my husband and we looked for a bible. We couldn’t find one in the store so eventually we asked the lady behind the counter. They were all kept behind the counter so she asked which kind we wanted … Now not knowing anything at all about bibles I didn’t even know that there was more than one “kind”. She was very understanding and helped us pick one out.

Each night before I went to sleep I read that bible. Starting at Genesis I read through the whole thing. I didn’t understand most of it, but it brought me comfort. We still were not attending a church. We went to one but felt so out of place and unwelcomed that we never went back.

My husband then had an opportunity to move from Canada to the US for his job. We moved after my second daughter, Natalie was born. A friend at his work kept encouraging us to attend their church. I was very excited and wanted to go but my husband wasn’t sure. Eventually we did attend and both of us became Christians about 6 months after first attending. I now know about Jesus and the wonderful gift he gave us both by his death on the cross and our beautiful daughter Brianna, who opened my heart to His word.

My parents have also become Christians through both mine and my husbands testimonies and the changes they have seen in our lives.

Recently God has lead me on a path towards charity work. He has given me a group of ladies that meet at our church and make quilts for a local low income preschool. What a blessing they have been to me, standing beside me through all the ups and downs and sharing in the blessings of giving to others. As well, the internet has provided a vast resource of patterns and forums for helping others both in the US and worldwide. I am so thankful to live in such an age of technology that I can touch the lives of people I have never met (and probably will never meet). I look forward to what the Good Lord has in store for me in the weeks and months ahead.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. Colossians 3:23-24


Jan 2007 Article

My journey as a new member to starting a new region

By Lisa Kelly

I joined HAIN in Oct 06. I knew about the organization for a while thru having Mary as my MySpace friend and I knew once I joined it would become a fulltime job for me so I put it off for a little while until one day I knew it couldn’t wait any longer. I joined the forum which took me a while to figure out how it works but as soon as I did it was a great motivation to know the work I had ahead of me. I started off by buying a few wooden boxes and gift boxes at the dollar store to make memory boxes out of. As a life long artist I felt a need to hand paint most of the boxes. After seeing all the wonderful items the fellow members were making especially the crocheting/ knitting / sewing garments- I really pushed myself to learn to make some kind of garment. Last time I crocheted was when I was 12 and all I ever made was a small square blanket. Well I bought some yarn and a crochet hook and just started making things from the top of my head. My favorite thing to make is burial buntings especially for micro-preemies. Especially after losing 2 babies in the first trimester, it is a special mission for me to do things for the tiniest of babies.

I had been extremely motivated from the beginning of joining HAIN to make a big impact especially in my local area. I was told a hospital I was familiar with had a request in. I actually went to this hospital for special high risk treatment with my last pregnancy with my son. I was thrilled because I was really looking forward to being responsible to provide a hospital with this very special service. To be honest, it was way more work then I thought it would be. I worked 2 months straight but all I could think was how each item was going to be so precious to a grieving parent. That kept me driven, even those nights I could barely keep my eyes open while painting boxes while my toddler slept. I had a major blessing when Peg, a member from PA sent me a bunch of preemie & newborn hat & bootie sets she made. I knew this hospital had a wonderful NICU so it would be much needed and put to great use. I felt like my package was complete and arranged to drop it off in person. I brought it to the NICU where they were so overwhelmed with appreciation. Of course it gave me the most satisfaction because I knew I just made a big difference to many people .For me, honoring a precious little baby means just so much to me.

From since I started, I wanted to make a big difference. I have always been the type of person that takes a leadership role. I decided since my region was not active and didn’t have any active members that I knew of at the time that I would step up and try to change that. Mary made me an offer to become president of the Northeast region which I was overjoyed about but in order for that to be official I needed volunteers in my region for board of directors. My main task is to get as many volunteers as possible so I can have as many helping hands as possible so we can provide this very important service to as many northeast hospital as we can. I decided to have volunteer sign up event. I started out by finding a place to donate place for the event. Then I made a flyer for the event along with a letter describing what we do at HAIN and sent it to over a dozen churches. I also put volunteer ads out online. I spent about a month making samples to showcase along with the displays. At the event, I honestly didn’t get the turnout I hoped for. I did have a mother and daughter who came and was very passionate about becoming HAIN volunteers and were very interested in what I had to say. To me, all that hard work was worth it if it means I got 2 volunteers. Anytime anyone can help, just one pair of helping hands can go a long way. Someone making 1 memory box or 1 crochet item, it makes the world of difference for a grieving parent.

Amazingly enough just from 1 online ad I put out, I received 3 wonderful large donations of supplies. The first one I received was from a lovely lady Kathy Belanger. She sent me a few bulks of beautiful white fabrics to make garments & interiors along with all kinds of pretty laces and trims. She regretted she couldn’t do any crafting herself due to a stroke she had. She says she would continue to send whatever supplies she had at hand. I also received a wedding gown donation. But the most moving donation I received is from Denise Jacaruso, who’s mother was a crafts loving women but she sadly passed away. She had all of her craft supplies and wanted to donate in memory of her mother Fran Jacaruso. This week I received 2 very large boxes filled with almost everything I could possibly need to make items for Northeast region of HAIN . It just moved me to tears. She said she really believes this is would of made her mother so happy to put these materials to such a good use.

Right now even though I have gotten a lot of responses to my volunteer advertisements of HAIN, I have not really had many who’s stepped up to the plate. I understand in a way because I delayed my own joining of HAIN because I felt I wasn’t ready for the commitment because I know once I get involved in something especially something like this I knew I would make it a much bigger job for myself. But for an advantage person, it doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. You can crochet a hat while watching your favorite TV show. You can take an hour making a beautiful memory box that would mean the world to grieving parents for a lifetime. It doesn’t have to take a lot out of you. Even the smallest of things go such a long way so all it takes is a little effort. I just hope someone will finally see there can be such a wonderful reward in the end knowing you warmed the heart of the most broken hearted. You can make their last memory of holding their baby a more pleasant one remembering the beautiful garment someone especially made them or helping them thru grieving process by giving them a memory box that would create a beautiful way to reflect on the memory of their baby.

Even though I wish my region was booming with new volunteers despite my hard work and effort but this is just pushing my motivation further. I plan on holding another volunteer sign up event in hopefully in March in Long Island NY. I also plan to adopt another hospital site very soon with the help of another volunteer, a wonderful woman Pat Kelly who I met thru my volunteer advertisement online. She is about to send me over a package of sets she’s worked on so I will make sure to gather enough of the other items to be able give another hospital a complete package of full range of items like memory boxes, burial buntings & garments as well as items for babies the NICU. I will continue spreading the word on HAIN and the need for volunteers who will open their heart and hands to creating the items we need in order to provide this very important precious service to others. I think many HAIN members would agree with this but when you discover this organization, it truly feels like this life calling from a higher being. I hope and plan on finding others who will be as touched and honored to take part of this like myself. I know I will make the Northeast region more of a success in the upcoming months and I look forward to updating in the future on the exciting progress we have made.


Jan 2008 Article

My name is Danielle, I'm 25 and I'm from Texas. I'm a SAHM. I have one kiddo, Lane, who is 3! I just recently signed up as a member of HAIN. I found out about HAIN through a post that was made on the website/forum wwww.knittinghelp.com.

I've been knitting for 2 years now. My mom and I took a class at Michaels together when she was living with me for a time while her new house was being built. We had such a great time together.

This is created a really great bond between my mom and I. We love to knit and it something that we can share and do together. I am currently doing some charity work through the KH boards. I have knitted on Oddball Blanket #5 and Oddball Lapghan #1. I am currently knitting on Oddball blanket #5 and have also signed up to do some work on a few baby blankets that will be donated to charity.

I hope that in the New Year I can become more active with HAIN as I enjoy knitting for charity. My husband don't have a lot of money to give, but I feel using my time and my knitting is just as worthy as any monatary donation we could make.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful and giving group. I hope that I am able to touch the hearts of many people through your organization!


April 2009 Article

Why I joined H.A.I.N.

Cathy Whicker

When I have spare time to sit and relax I have always grabbed my crochet hooks and yarn. I then would start a dress or sweater or blanket for my granddaughter. My granddaughter had more dresses and sweaters then she could wear before out growing them, so I started making dresses for her babies and bears. One day I got thinking how these little dresses would fit tiny babies. Knowing that it is hard to find clothes that would actually fit preemies I decided (no I did not decide the Lord laid it on my heart) to make these little gowns and donate them to those that needed them. The next day I went online and did a search for charities for preemies that is how I found Heavenly Angels In Need.

I read about H.A.I.N. and their mission and I learned little outfits were needed for the tiny babies that pass on from this earth to heaven. I could not hold back the tears just thinking abut this, when I finally recomposed myself, my first thought was that every parent should have the chance to dress their child in a beautiful outfit made just for them and I knew this was were the Lord wanted me. I joined H.A.I.N. for the babies and their families.


April 2009 Article

Hi Mary,

I thought maybe you might use this? It's why I started with H.A.I.N.

I've been a member of H.A.I.N. for less than a year. It all began, for me, with a Bible study I was doing on the Prov. 31 woman. One of the verses that impressed me was verse 20 part b... "she reaches out her hands to the needy." I hadn't felt 'needed' since my mother-in-law died two years ago. I was her caregiver for over 5 years and when she passed away, I felt lost and useless. My son's are grown with jobs of their own. I didn't feel needed.

I love to crochet, but there's only so many afghans a person really needs. I couldn't justify spending money on yarn that wouldn't be useful, so I quit crocheting. I quit doing a lot of things that I enjoyed. I isolated myself and hid inside a shell of depression and despair. It's not a good feeling to feel useless.

One day, after my Bible study, I looked in the Tell and Sell and saw an ad for crafters. I gave the number a call and talked with Mary. I looked up the website and loved what I saw. I saw a way that I could help someone. I saw a need that I could help meet. I saw something that would give me purpose and a reason to live.

I've never had the tragedy of losing a child, but that doesn't mean I don't have compassion for those who have. In 1982, my soon to be brother-in-law lost his first born daughter. She died before she lived. They named her Shelly. Her funeral was on my wedding day. We told them we'd postpone the wedding, but he wouldn't hear of it. After burying his daughter, he bravely stood as our best man. He and his wife never got anything like what H.A.I.N. offers. As far as I know, they don't have anything other than the poem my mother-in-law wrote. I'll share it with you...

In Memory of Shelly

When they heard that she was coming

Their whole life was filled with joy.

They had so much to offer

To a baby girl or boy.

The nursery was ready

Sunny windows, crib, and all.

It was next to mom and daddy's room

Where they could hear her call.

But just before her time to come

No heartbreak could compare.

The doctors said that she might die,

The cause was very rare.

And they named her little Shelly

And we prayed both day and night.

But they knew before she got here,

That their baby girl had died.

Just a glimpse we got of her,

On her way from earth to heaven.

Where she goes to join the angels,

No dark sins to be forgiven.

How we wanted so to keep her,

Even for a little while.

Just to touch her - hold her - love her,

And to see her tiny smile.

Little Shelly, you must know,

All the love we had for you.

And the way you touched our heart strings,

On the way - as you passed through.

And we know that you're in heaven,

Where the baby angels stay.

Till their loved ones go to meet them,

On that bright and Happy day.

And we cry and pray - Dear Jesus,

Help us all to understand.

That God's will cannot be broken,

It was surely His command.

And we know he loves the children,

His heart too - is filled with grief.

And He'll guide and give us comfort,

If we'll only just believe.

Grandma Dorothy Rieke May, 1982

Heavenly Angels In Need, for me is a way of being useful, of being needed, of sharing with others, and maybe give comfort. God has blessed me so wonderfully, how can I not give of myself?

Bonnie (moogie)

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