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    FAQ: Do you accept wedding gown/prom gown donations

    By MaryGlynn

    (This is a gown before and after it was worked on to create beautiful burial garments. Plus the name of whom donated)   Heavenly Angels in Need was one of the very first organizations that came up with the concept of using wedding gowns/prom gowns for the materials to turn into burial garments for babies whom have passed away. We started doing this in 2004/05-   Do we accept gowns? Our answer is no not currently. When we put the call out for these kind of donations the gowns by the hundreds started pouring in. Many times the headquarters had 10 or more gowns daily for over a year or so. We finally had to halt accepting them. We have many gowns to work on still and want to work through them before another call is made.   We are in desperate need for seamstresses. We have simple patterns for our volunteers (only) in our downloads tab/link at top of forum. Anyone can make items from these gowns and hand sewn or machine we are open to help. If you would like to help HAIN in this way join our forum and ask us how to get started!   For other places who might be accepting gowns please go on google and search wedding gown donation to burial garments/ angels gowns etc..We do not want to list sites on here due to changes of information is constant.   Here is a link to some of our before and after of burial garments we have made out of wedding gowns: http://www.heavenlyangelsinneed.com/index.php?app=gallery&category=8      
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  1. Hi,

    Hope all is well! I just wanted to let you know that our team here at Healthline loved your information in Heavenly Angels In Need! We love the support that your organization provides to many grieving parents and the wonderful work that Heavenly Angels In Need!

    We loved it so much we included it in our recent article "Finding Support When Grieving the Loss of a Child" You can see the article here: http://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/loss-of-a-child

    For a little info on Healthline: We’re the fastest growing health website with over 40 million monthly users. We take great care and pride in providing top-quality health information to our loyal fan base with all content undergoing a rigorous editorial review by a team of doctors.

    Thanks again for the great piece!

    All the best,
    Cindy

  2. MaryGlynn
    Latest Entry

    Oct 2009 Article

    Here is my story, hope you can use it. I've made a few changes to the original because I didn't mention HAIN in my initial post.

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    I used to think choosing ribbon to go with a project was easy, but not anymore. Especially after the past 2 weeks - I made my first micro-preemie burial wrap & hat in white yarn using one of HAIN's patterns. The design calls includes 4 eyelet rows to be laced up with 1/4" ribbon and tied in front. I figured 5 feet of white ribbon would be about right so I would have 15" of ribbon on row, but my white ribbon came up a couple of inches short, so I divided it in 4 equal pieces and it was enough to tie them correctly, and made a mental note to buy more white 1/4" ribbon soon.

    In the meantime, on another set of needles I had an open-back preemie gown in "sparkly" mint green which would require its own ribbon tie at the neckline eyelet row - on those gowns I always send 3 feet of ribbon so whoever dresses the baby can use what they want for tying at the neck, then the remaining ribbon can be tied around the waist or however else they wish to use it. I finished that gown about the same time as the white burial wrap, and then I started a periwinkle wrap set, and it was done so fast that I made another just like it. But the only green I had on hand was bright kelly green which didn't look quite right, nor did blue or lilac ribbon look right with periwinkle, so a fabric store visit became urgent. I went to JoAnn's and it took forever to find 1/4" white ribbon, and it was a "corrugated" design, not as pretty as plain white satin but acceptable. I bought two 18-ft

    spools, thinking I had a good supply. There was no mint ribbon narrower than 3/4" and I decided not to bother with periwinkle since the yarn that color was almost gone anyway. I got back home and cut off 3 feet for the green gown, 5 feet each for the wraps, and then realized I'd just used 13 feet and only had enough left for one more wrap, so it was a good thing I bought 2 spools! And when we traveled to Flagstaff last weekend I made another wrap set in sparkly mint green (different brand than I used for the gown), so there went the other 5 feet.

    I also had a pink & white preemie gown completed before any of this started but hadn't had time to cut the ribbon to go with it. After cutting off 3 feet of pink ribbon, I only had 2 feet left, so I set it aside with plans to make some pink lace-up booties next time I make hat & bootie sets and now I had another color ribbon needing replacement. I visited Hancock Fabric this time, and I had just about given up on finding 1/4" pink ribbon among what they had on display when I found what I wanted in the clearance section for 35 cents.

    On Wednesday I went to the local meetup and used up the remaining sparkly mint yarn for another wrap - there was exactly one foot left after the final bind-off stitch. I slipped into a different JoAnn store at lunchtime in hopes of finding some matching yarn to make a hat and possibly some light green ribbon, but I didn't find the yarn and like with the other JoAnn store, all ribbon in that color was too wide - however, I did buy 6 yards of microfleece to use for another project, LOL! I had used a skein of sparkly white yarn from my mother-in-law's "gift stash" and thought there was more, but it turned out to be sparkly ecru. OK, I started a hat with that and then visited the nearest Hobby Lobby at lunchtime. It took a little searching because all the fancy printed ribbons showed their faces first, but I finally found some ecru ribbon in the right size AND some mint green as well! As mentioned above, I didn't have any mint yarn left, but I did find some in HL's yarn section and bought a skein. I also bought skeins of peach and aqua in the same brand because I noticed some ribbon in those colors in my stash, and had no other yarn in those colors (at some point I did, but used the yarn for something else).

    In the future, if anyone tells me "I'm just gonna run to JoAnn's (or Hancock) for a little bit of ribbon", I will expect them to be gone awhile, LOL!

  3. :f9da89bbcd376bbcec6edbbee92f8c3

    HAIN receives no financial donations for any of its members to run it. We are 100% volunteer Organization.

    However it does take money to run HAIN directly! Though my husband and I do not mind covering the cost of doing so I wanted to reach out and ask for help from our members as well as others who may be touched to help!

     

     

    Here is a break down of basic costs to run HAIN. If you do send monies not through our donation button where you should receive a receipt..but decide to send a check or money order make sure to let me know if you need a receipt for your donation.

     

     

     

     

    Website/Forum fees

     

    Domain name: $20.00 yearly

    Forum/Website Host:$ 650.00 (this covers all updates and help support) yearly

     

    Banking

     

    Banking fees to have a business account to run our charity: $300.00 yearly

     

    Paypal fee's we are working on to allow monthly donation options: 239.40 yearly

     

    Business Fees

     

    Incorporation fees yearly 50.00 (in order to run a charity in Oregon/ or business)

     

    And Oregon Tax fees run around $ 50.00 a year

     

    $1259.40 total

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    Raised thus far

     

    $50.00 -Thank you Anna V.

    $20.00 Thank you Ashlee L.

    $20.00 -Thank you Linda P.

    $50.00 -Thank you Mary S.

    $20.00- Thank you D-Anne R.

    $50.00-Thank you-Joann V.

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    Now: $1049.40

     

     

    How do I DONATE?

     

    You can go to our home screen on forum heavenlyangelsinneed.com and click on the secure donate button to the right of the screen and address is also listed

     

    Anything extra will be spent to supply our volunteers with yarn, materials and craft items to help get more handmade items out there to help families.

     

  4. MaryGlynn
    Latest Entry

    By MaryGlynn,

    :angelgirls:

    Heavenly Angels in Need wants to invite you to the other places we frequent as well Here is where!

     

     

    Facebook: facebook.com/heavenlyangelsinneed

     

    Twitter: Our name is HAINHQ

     

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/MaryMGlynn/heavenly-angels-in-need-hain/

     

    Our blog (besides the one here): http://heavenlyangelsinneed.blogspot.com/

     

    Our ravelry forum/group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/heavenly-angels-in-need-hain

    Google+ 

    HAIN CHARITY HQ (General site for all members)

    HAIN Founder (made this because google recognized my gmail for HAIN, so use it to share as well)

    YOUTUBE.COMhttps://www.youtube.com/user/hainangel2000 

     

     

     

    Our emails: HAINCharity@gmail.com and HAINFounder@gmail.com

     

     

     

  5. As some of you may know the Children's Division has been around for quite some time. Focusing on a different area of HAIN, but still helping families and children in need.
    For awhile now this area of HAIN has set stagnate. I am hoping with a new year around the corner that I can bring some focus back to this area. I have been brainstorming things to see what we can do to get this division active again. I would love to hear from other volunteers on this as well. We have pretty much kept the same drives for this division (Baby Shower, Support Bags, School Supplies, and the Winter Warm Up) I am looking into adding 1-2 more things to this to help cover the months that we don't have anything planned. Just a few questions below, if you could take a moment and share your thoughts it would be appreciated.

    For the current drives we do for this division, do you have places in your area that you can donate to, to help save on shipping?
    I'm not sure how many of you follow HAIN on facebook, but would creating an event on there also be helpful to you?
    Do you have homeless shelters, women's shelters in your area?
    Would doing a break down of items appeal more to you? Examples: Collecting certain items per week, like pencils one week, paper the next etc.


    My hope is that things will pick up in this area next year. I know for some it can be overwhelming to try and help multiple areas of HAIN, but I am just trying to get this area to appeal to everyone. We have had some interested in helping but they are not crafty so this division would be perfect for that. People are still able to contribute even if they cannot knit, crochet or sew. Any questions or comments are welcome. You can ask them here or message me. I am REALLY looking forward to getting this area active once again, and with some ideas in mind I hope it helps, but it will take a group effort to make this possible.
     

  6. MaryGlynn
    Latest Entry

    By MaryGlynn,

    My Shoes

    I am wearing a pair of shoes.

    They are ugly shoes.

    Uncomfortable shoes.

    I hate my shoes.

    Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.

    Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step.

    Yet, I continue to wear them.

    I get funny looks wearing these shoes.

    They are looks of sympathy.

    I can tell in other's eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and nottheirs.

    They never talk about my shoes.

    To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable.

    To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them.

    But, once you put them on, you can never take them off.

    I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes.

    There are many pairs in this world.

    Some women are like me and ache daily as they try to walk in them.

    Some have learned how to walk in them so that they don't hurt quite somuch.

    Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by before they think

    about how much they hurt.

    No woman deserves to wear these shoes.

    Yet, because of these shoes I am a stronger woman.

    These shoes have given me the strength to face anything.

    They have made me who I am.

    I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has lost a child.

    author unknown to me

    Source: My Shoes

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    I am so glad that I found the pattern for these hats. They are so adorable and work up so quickly. And to make them even better, changing the ribbon up and the color combinations these would work up great for every holiday too. Hobby Lobby had their ribbon 50 % off so I grabbed some just to make more of these little hats with. I'll share the link below for anyone that might be interested in trying them out for our summer challenge.

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    http://www.piece-by-piece.net/Patterns/fp49.htm

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    Cheryl Chow
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    I don't know about you, but I often have a tough time finding patterns to make cute outfits for boys. Browsing through Bev's Country Cottage website one day I came across this cute Sweater and Diaper set. Knitting a hat to go with this two piece outfit makes a really nice set for a grieving family.

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    Here's the basic knitting pattern for the hat. I used Patons Beehive Baby Sport yarn for the hat pictured but any sport yarn would work.

    For the hat (knit in the round):

    CO 72 sts with 3mm needles and blue yarn

    K1, P1 for 8 rows

    Change to 3.5mm needles and white

    Knit until hat measures 3”

    K7, k2tog repeat

    Knit

    K6, k2tog repeat

    Knit

    etc. until 8sts left.

    Thread yarn through. Weave in ends.

    If you've never looked through Bev's website I hightly recommend it. There are so many patterns that I want to knit, crochet, and sew that my printer does overtime when I visit!

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    I have been crocheting with my new yarn. Progess has been slow, but I do have a little cocoon ready to have the ends run in and the ribbons added. I also have a hat done and another cocoon started. My work is piling up, so time to crochet is limited, but I am determined to get back to actively taking part in HAIN.

    It is finally summer here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and there are lots of distractions. I have a bag set up with my HAIN project and when time permits I grab it and do a few more rows. I find that even tho time is limited, it is best not to let it stop me completely from working on my projects. If I wait for long periods of time to work on it, I will never work on it. Bit by bit the projects get done. There is always a need for whatever I get done, that's for sure.

    I still haven't had any success at posting pictures here, I've got to find some time to look into how to do that.

    till next time......DJ in MI's U. P.

  8. Neonatal Division

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    This blog is to share our Challenges (i.e. Beanie Bash), share news, needs and more. If you have a blog post that you would like to see, let us know.

  9. MaryGlynn
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    By MaryGlynn,

    This blog is to share news, updates, challenges, tips and more. If you have a blog post you would like to see, let us know. We are always excited to learn and share. 

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

    Idea's

    • 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!!

  11. SDHain's Angels have received a couple of donations so far this month and I would like to share pictures with you.

     

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