Mission Statement: Holy Sews, Inc. is organized to respond to a call to serve as God’s hands in the world; to show compassion to families experiencing the perinatal death of a child; to provide handmade layettes to treasure these infants who are too small for even preemie clothing; and to educate communities in caring for families experiencing perinatal bereavement.
What is a Layette? Our layettes consist of a small fleece blanket, a hooded wrap with a matching tunic, a knitted cap, a tiny teddy bear and a prayer card which includes a place for the parents to fill in information on the baby, as well as a place for the baby’s footprint.
How are the Layettes made? The layettes are made by the loving hands of our many volunteers. We have work days each month (see our Events Section for dates) in the Holy Souls Church Parish Hall. We meet from 1:30 to 4:30 to cut fabric and ribbon, to sew trim on blankets and buttons on tunics and to match sets together and prepare them for delivery. Many of our volunteers sew at home. We also have 14 chapters across the United States and Canada who are making layettes for hospitals in their areas.
Layette Distribution: Currently, we are in touch with 42 hospitals in Arkansas, 17 hospitals in other states, and with two Doulas (mid-wives) and several liaisons in other states who bring layettes to hospitals on our behalf. We provide the layettes at no charge. Future plans include providing the layettes to funeral homes, OB-GYN Clinics and Doulas.
Getting Involved: There are many ways to get involved, including many tasks that don’t involve sewing. We also need volunteers to cut fabric and ribbon and to help package the finished product. Contact Holy Sews to find out how you can get involved.
How can I become a liaison? If you are interested in becoming a liaison, please contact us so that we can send you a Non-Disclosure Agreement Form for you to fill out and sign and return to us. Once you have done that, we will send you layettes so that you can contact the hospital(s) in your area, show them a layette, and find out if they would like to benefit from our free services.