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April Shower Gift Drive

April Shower Benefitting Holy Sews

It’s time for the Holy Sews April Shower to help restock our supplies.

We are in need of the following items:  (Also see our Amazon Wish list)

  • 1/4″ & 5/8″ Satin Ribbon
  • 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • 5/8″ White Organza Ribbon
  • 3/8″ Ribbon Rose (Pastels)
  • Fleece (Pastels & Whites)
  • Flannel (Pastels & Whites)
  • White Tulle/Netting
  • Eyelet & Lace Trim
  • Box Pleat Trim
  • Fray Check
  • Rick Rack (Pastels & White)

Not sure what to buy, please consider purchasing gift cards to any of the following stores or donating directly to Holy Sews:

  • Hobby Lobby
  • Hancock Fabrics
  • Wal-Mart
  • The Stitching Post
  • Joann Fabrics
  • Amazon.com

How to donate your gift?

  • Gifts can be dropped off at Holy Souls Catholic Church at 1003 N Tyler St, Little Rock, AR 72205.
  • Gifts can also be mailed to Holy Sews at P.O. Box 251506, Little Rock, AR 72225

For questions contact holy sews at info@holysews.org

2015 Year End Letter

Dear Friends of Holy Sews,

We come to you with a sincere hope that you have had a Merry Christmas and many hopes for a very Happy New Year! Holy Sews has been truly blessed this year. In the past month alone, this ministry has gained 25 new hospitals across the country. Since 2008, Holy Sews has worked with hospitals nationwide to provide more than 4,000 handmade burial layettes at no charge for “micro-preemies” who die during the second trimester of a pregnancy.

With the increasing number of hospitals served and the increasing number of requests for layettes, we are working hard to meet the need and provide for each location. Would you please consider an end of year charitable donation to Holy Sews? Your contribution is tax deductible as we are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation will help us to provide these layettes, free of charge, to hurting families across the country at their most vulnerable time of need.

Donations can be made:
Online through our website at www.holysews.org/donate

Or by mailing a check to:
Holy Sews Inc.
P.O. Box 251506
Little Rock, AR 72225

Thank you for considering Holy Sews with your gift. You are a part of the family which makes Holy Sews possible and we are so thankful for you.

In God’s Love,

Regina Binz
Founder and President
Holy Sews, Inc.
www.holysews.org

Support for Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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Below is a list of Advocates that supported the International Wave of Light Ceremony that occurred on Thursday October 15, 2015.  Thank you for your support.


 

Angel Mommies of Arkansas is a local group that sews Teeny Tears diapers. They fill orders as they are received for Arkansas.  To be involved with this group, contact Karen Merrell. (karenjmerrell@gmail.com)

Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a wonderful program open to the public called “Good Mourning.”  This program serves adults and children that are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Contact Reverend Brent Fairchild for more information.  (fairchildbw@archildrens.org)

Baptist Health Medical Center has been associated with the SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group for over 20 years.  The vision of SHARE is to set a standard of personalized bereavement care through support, hope, healing, resources, and education to parents and siblings.  SHARE is a national organization started in 1977 at the request of a grieving family.  At Baptist Health, we educate our nurses as well as supporting families.  We have monthly parent support group meetings.  Our annual memorial service will be held on November 1, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the Gilbreath Conference Center at Baptist Hospital and is open to the public, including children.  Contact Nancy Meneley, RN or Haley Floyd, RN for more information.

Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Vincent Hospital   The Journey program will have its annual Candlelight Memorial Ceremony on Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., in the main auditorium.  This beautiful memorial service and reception are open to the public. Contact Queena Waggoner (qewaggoner@stvincenthealth.com)

Cornerstone Clinic for Women promotes women’s wellness with a staff of five doctors and three nurse practitioners.  They are concerned with all aspects of a woman’s health and well-being, whether expecting a first child or busy keeping up with grandchildren. Contact Lisa Grummer for more information.  www.cornerstoneclinicforwomen.com

Faith’s Melody provides hand-stamped pendants at no cost to bereaved parents in memory of their baby. Family and friends may custom order a necklace in support of their loved ones, which will help defray the cost of the pendants. Please like their page on Facebook, visit their website (www.faithsmelody.com) or email (faithsmelody@yahoo.com) for more information.

Holy Sews. Inc. provides hand-made burial layettes to grieving families at no charge. Monthly work days are a safe place to share your story and do something productive to work through your grief.  Volunteer opportunities are available that do not require sewing skills. Please join our Facebook page to keep up with work days and other items of interest.  Contact Regina Binz or Mary Sue Whitelaw for details. (www.holysews.org, regina@holysews.org )

Linda DeYmaz, author of Mommy, Please Don’t Cry will be available to visit and autograph books. Her beautiful book was written in memory of her daughter, Alexandra Grace DeYmaz, who was delivered stillborn on Easter morning of 1995.

March of Dimes Their mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Contact Kristin Powell for more information kpowell@marchofdimes.org

Mamie’s Poppy Plates provides treasured remembrance plates with your baby’s foot or hand prints.  Please see their website for more information regarding their annual fundraiser, “Race to Remember.”  Contact Sarah Adams for details. (www.mamiespoppyplates.com)

Molly Bears provides a weighted teddy bear in your baby’s weight. It is specifically made to fill empty arms of mothers all over the country.  Please see Jodie McGinley for more information (www.mollybears.org, www.facebook.com/mollybearsorg)

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a national organization that provides bereavement photography to grieving families at no charge. This beautiful service is in need of skilled volunteer photographers. If you are interested, contact Jill Meyer, Lizzy Yates, Jessie Findley or Kimberly Harper.  (nowilaymedowntosleep.org)

Progenity provides complex molecular and specialized testing services.  The cost is affordable in Arkansas for the first time at $25 per test. They partner with OBGYNs to offer patients high-quality tests with clear, actionable results that enable informed medical decisions. They offer non-invasive prenatal screening, and other women’s health tests, including Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Fragile X, which are the top 3 genetic diseases recommended for testing by ACOG and ACMG. For more information, contact Donna Didier (donna.didier@progenity.com)

Roller Funeral Homes offers free funeral services for children under one year of age. They will be holding candle lighting ceremonies in honor of your loved ones that have passed away at various location from November 29 through December 8.  Catered luncheons will be available.  Contact Tommy Green, Darah Moore, Steve Swartz, Kay Powell or Rodney Cissell to determine which ceremony best suits your needs. We are grateful to Roller Funeral Homes for sponsoring our searchlight.

UAMS Love Lives Program strives to offer high quality bereavement care. Their goal is for you to forever treasure the short time you have with your baby. If you’ve suffered the loss of a baby due to a genetic defect, UAMS has special services to offer. Please see Shannon Barringer, Chrissy Wright, or Dr. Sara Peeples

Wee Care Smocking Guild offers beautiful hand-made smocked gowns for stillborn babies in Little Rock.  Smocking requires a great deal of time and talent.  This group of ladies welcomes new volunteers, and they are willing to teach you their skill. If you or someone you know would like to be involved with this organization, please call The Stitchin’ Post – 501-227-0288.

2014 Year End Newsletter

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This has been a truly amazing year for Holy Sews. We are so thankful to each of you for supporting this ministry and the families that it serves. Your prayers, hard work, and financial contributions are being used by our Lord to help this ministry grow and flourish each year. Hearing from the families that we serve, listening to their stories, and remembering each baby gone too soon is the driving force for all that we do.

We want to share with each of you just how the Holy Spirit has provided opportunities for Holy Sews to grow this year, to minister to more families, and to be the hands and feet of God to those who are grieving.

 

Holy Sews is currently serving:

  • 42 hospitals throughout Arkansas
  • 17 hospitals in other states including but not limited to North Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas, New York, Missouri, Michigan, Florida, Louisiana, and Iowa
  • 1 hospital and doula in Canada
  • Layettes have been distributed to hospitals, doulas, funeral homes, and individual families

In 2014, Holy Sews has distributed:

  • 613 layettes
  • 25 blankets
  • Numerous hats and other items requested by the hospitals served

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  • Over 2,000 hours of volunteer service
  • 14 chapters around the country and in Canada

Each and every person who has read our story, received a layette, helped at a work day, prayed for this ministry, or contributed in some other way is a part of this accomplishment. It is all to the glory of God and for the help of hurting families that this work is done. We thank you all for the part you have played in this story.

As we reach the end of the year, we look forward with anticipation to what the new year will bring and the ways that we can grow this ministry in the future. Won’t you join us? Won’t you help us? Please join us in praying for this ministry and for God’s will to be seen and realized. Please join us at a work day or by doing some work at home. Please consider contributing financially to this ministry. You can contribute online via our website at www.holysews.org or by mailing your gift to Holy Sews, P.O. Box 251506, Little Rock, AR 72225.

Thank you and a Happy New Year from your friends at Holy Sews!

Map of Holy Sews’ Partners

Since January 2018, Holy Sews currently serves and provides layettes to approximately 400 partners in all 50 states with handmade infant burial clothing for families that experience the loss of their baby during 16-25 weeks gestation.  Holy Sews’ partners include hospitals, bereavement programs, perinatal hospice organizations, other organizations that specialize in perinatal palliative care, doulas, individuals, and funeral homes. 

Holy Sews definitely counts its blessings!  Below is a map of how far and wide our partners span across the United States, every green map marker represents a unique location where layettes have been sent.  

If you do not see your green map marker listed and are interested in getting involved, have questions, or would like to have your hospital or funeral home served by Holy Sews, please contact us.  

Our map is continuously updated as we obtain the honor to serve new hospitals and organizations all around the United States.