Dec 2005 article -when HAIN had angel stations
The Pennsylvania Angel Station #43 might have been quiet on the boards
but....we are active in our community. This coming week will see Memory
Boxes being made with a new faux tin punch Angel stamp designed by Janice M.
Biscoe. Up to now, we have been very busy getting more burial outfits ready
for distribution and also our Annual Dicken's Day is tomorrow and there are
a lot of things to do in order to be ready for the Children's Bazaar that we
have at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. All the vendors in town dress up in
Victorian clothes and there are soup sales, crafts, entertainment and just a
really good time. All monies from the sale of homemade items (less 15%) will
be donated to the church for their use in the Summer Bible School. We are
donating all unsold articles to children who have been ravaged by the
hurricanes so that they can have a gift for their relatives. From neck
coolers, to tree ornaments, there is quite a big choice. This relates to
HAIN in that we will be knitting at our booth and have samples of baby
gowns, hats, booties and literature to hand out to one and all so that the
local community people and visitors will see that we are a very caring
community who will help the littlest ones; who cannot help themselves.
We had 2 "baby born asleep" deaths last week at local hospitals and I think
that our organization is now getting known in the community. The reason?
The paper, in the obit. column used the term "born sleeping" to describe the
baby. We want one and all to know that we believe in the dignity of death
and that the dignity should be offered to one and all, regardless of
In another vein, I heard from a friend who returned from Florida and had
spoken with a man who lost twins almost 20 years ago. She told them of our
HAIN organization and he was emotionally choked up that there were people
who truly cared. Go Florida!
In our Station #43, we might only have a few members listed but we have
almost 15 ladies and a gentleman who are knitting, crocheting and sewing.
As stated on the homepage of HAIN, volunteers sometimes have personal
experience with losing a baby or babies and that is what transpired here in
our group. We have a Shawl Ministry as you know but part of it has grown
into a wonderful HAIN organization and I am proud of one and all with their
sincere commitment to the cause.
We are planning on having a fund raiser but we are not too sure of the
direction yet. I will keep one and all up-to-date.
Personally, I would like to thank all the HAIN members for being such great
people with patterns, ideas, suggestions, comments, prayers and most of all,
Love of our Lord with whom all, and I mean ALL things are possible.
This is a strong group and I have come to rely on some for their great
ideas, their thoughtful prayers and thoughts and just a warm feeling of
Janice M. Biscoe
PA - Angel Station #43