/monthly_2015_07/blog-0912142001365048179.jpg.8ae490cef5980697108f3c74185be326.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image" style="float:left;">Volunteers,
Its been 12 years since I started knitting in Mariah's memory with local helps but started the official Heavenly Angels in Need group site April 07,2003. We became an official federally recognized charity org in April 2006. Heavenly angels in need started because of a little baby girl whom passed away in July 01, 2000 her name was/is Mariah Belle Glynn she was 10 ounces and 10 inches long. When she was dying the hospital brought in a little gown and hat. After Mariah passed away the hospital brought in 2 memory boxes, one for us to keep and one to lay her little body in as we requested her to be taken to the morgue and not the laboratory as they usually do with babies this small we were told at that time.
Mariah in her hat, memory box and her gown:
(her memory box now has water damage on her box, from storage unit it was in)
Her little hand and feet prints (her feet were the size of a quarter)
Her casket my husband and a cousin made for Mariah by hand.
Her headstone with Heavenly angels in need (in memory on it)
You can read more details on how H.A.I.N. was started here: http://www.heavenlyangelsinneed.com/index.php?showtopic=5357
Out of pain of her loss and my ability to knit I started HAIN in 2003 by starting a little yahoo group, the requests started to pour in and so went national with it in 2004 by starting a public online website.
We had an out pour of amazing volunteers coming from different States all over. I couldn't believe how amazing people were just giving so much of themselves to help others. We gave little at first, each State we reached we were excited over. We started producing more and more and reaching more and more places. Soon we started setting standards that now many charities use today.
For example: Sleeveless burial garments and requiring the burial garment to be open in front or back of gown all the way down are just a couple of these standards. Hospitals from all over writing us and were so grateful for receiving our gifts. We went through so many learning curves, ups and downs, and have become a volunteer organization that is still small enough to focus on what we are here for and that is whom we serve. I am so proud of H.A.I.N. and where we are today.
With different people from all different area's, cultures, and walks of life meeting together on an online board/forum to share the love of our craft and love of whom we serve is simply amazing.
HAIN has reached countless lives in caring, sharing and loving others unselfishly.
We are a charity that rarely hears a thank you for our work, but that doesn't matter to us, we truck along with the knowledge of knowing how important our work is. Many of our very own volunteers do this to honor their own loved one,and in memory of their loved ones. We know personally how important it is to be handed a beautiful priceless gift.
We serve premature babies, babies whom may be sick and in the hospital, we also serve babies whom have passed away and the heartbroken families, we also serve children in need or whom have been in tragedy. We also have a place for families left with empty arms to talk about their grief (bereavement support)
Our volunteers make me see love and kindness. H.A.I.N. has helped me cope with the loss of my precious babies and heal from deep hurts many of us have suffered ourselves.
I can wake up now and not cry, I wake up refreshed knowing that countless lives have been touched not only because of my own losses but the losses of other babies/children of our volunteers and what we do for them in their honor/memory.
Though selfishly we would rather have our own babies instead, but honoring them in their memory some how makes things bearable in our own grief.
My heart is not as broken, but filled with the love I see in these amazing volunteers over the years to present.
As I have said many times, HAIN is only here because of volunteers, with out them H.A.I.N. would not be.
THANK YOU to all the incredible volunteers that HAIN has had from past to present. You have honored my children well as you honor your own in their memory. Or if you just give because you have a heart to, you have been an honor to so many.
The lives you touch, you may never know, but know you are touching lives as mine was touched when I was handed my most precious possession and that is my daughters memory box filled with items I hold dear to my heart.
My heart is full! I am so very proud of all of you!!!