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.

Testimony – Trinitie Faith

January 2014

Dear Holy Sews Ministry

This is a picture of our sweet Trinitie Faith. She was delivered on Tuesday, March 23, 2012 at 23 weeks gestation. I had had blood pressure issues and was on bed rest for several weeks before her delivery and subsequent loss. Also, my husband’s father had passed away after a short illness two days prior to her death. Life was in a fog for several weeks, but God placed precious friends and family to help us walk through this dark time. Additionally, caring folks like Regina Binz of Holy Sews went out of their way to empathize and express their condolences. Regina contacted me through a mutual friend and learned that this was actually our third miscarriage.

The second and third years of our marriage were plagued with the loss of babies at 20 weeks gestation. The first time it was just passed off as a fluke and after two different days of induction, baby Gabriel was delivered vaginally and no formal acknowledgement was made of his passing. In the second pregnancy my body went into full toxemia (HELLP syndrome), and my life was very much at risk when stillborn Michael was delivered by c-section. The hospital gave us pictures of Michael in a tiny cap with gown, but once again we did not do a formal burial. Many medical tests followed and I was diagnosed as having lupus. We were told if there were further pregnancies we should pursue shots to thin my blood for proper clotting. The fourth year of our marriage, at the age of 33, I delivered a healthy baby girl born via VBAC. Every two years for eight years thereafter we were blessed again. We have five children, four girls with one big boy situated right in the middle. At the fifth birth I was 42 years old. Over the next 5years I experienced what I thought were probably early-on miscarriages (6-8 weeks) and l imagined the “old body” was done with birthing. I truly was grateful for our children, but I always wondered “what if God would choose to bless in that area again. At age 48 my “what if came true. But at 20weeks, high blood pressure was once again a serious issue. At 23 weeks the doctors told us the baby should be delivered because she was not thriving in the womb with the restricted blood vessels. Also, I was very ill. It was a very disturbing decision, but a c-section was done and baby Trinitie lived for just 12 hours. I only saw the baby briefly in an incubator just after surgery. I was very groggy from the medication. She was quickly transported to a neighboring hospital with an NICU. My husband was able to be with her, talk to her and touch her little hand for brief bonding. We were given a Holy Sews pink blanket ensemble for Trinitie’s burial. As you can see from the pictures, she was embalmed and then beautifully wrapped in those sweet little blankets and tunic. The funeral home graciously processed the body for us at no cost and allowed our family the use of their facility for our last viewing and holding the baby. “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” photography ministry to grieving families took pictures for us before her small funeral service at a Babyland cemetery.

Just weeks after our loss, Regina was visiting family in our part of the state and wanted to meet to give me a second set of our blanket ensemble as a memorial to Trinitie. When we met, she was so gentile and thoughtful as she had been on the phone during our first conversation. She brought with her a special, unexpected gift. Since this was our third loss, Regina brought not only a matching ensemble to Trinitie’s, but also a beautiful commemorative blanket, which she had made and embroidered with all three of the babies’ names and dates of birth. She truly has a heart for the hurting. Our lives have been so blessed by the ministry that she envisioned and oversees. “Thank you” just doesn’t seem to say enough for the kindness we’ve been shown. May God bless all those involved in making this ministry possible.

Trusting Jesus,

Julie Nichols

Quick Thank You

You guys are amazing! We were so unprepared when we went to UAMS to have our angel 5 years ago and it was such a relief to see the tiny layette waiting for him. Thanking you so much for all you do!

Thank You Note

I’m so sorry for being so late in thank you all at Holy Sews for the memorial blanket you made for me for my three beautiful angel babies. It was so beautiful when I got it and opened the package.  I cried for hours just holding it and thinking of them. It makes me see how many people do care. A big thank you again

Testimony – Regina’s Story

The longest day of my life that lasted about a week. April 27, 2007. Kevin, Torrie and I had gone to our OB appointment to see an ultrasound of our baby and after a tense and quiet moment, I forced the news out of the tech, our baby boy had no heartbeat.  I understood at that moment what the phrase meant, My blood ran cold.  I felt it all over my body.  Then I went numb.

I’ve never been so numb in my whole life.

In fact, I built a bubble around me and I stayed in it.  It was a self defense mechanism, a coping strategy, a desperate attempt to hold on to sanity. I was admitted to the hospital the next morning and for two days I laid there, in my own little world, waiting for the pitosin to do its job. Protecting and distancing me with my bubble –in spite of the fact that family, friends and nurses were coming and going as if nothing was wrong.

Continue reading “Testimony – Regina’s Story”

Testimony – Emily and Easton

Here are my sweet angels, Emily and Easton, holding their little bears that UAMS gave them after I had them December 29, 2013.  Some may say I shouldn’t share pics of my babies with others.  The way I see it is they were so beautiful and the volunteers who took the time for my angels helped us with clothing them and it touches my heart to have such good pics of them dressed nicely.  You all made them look so handsome and pretty.  Again thank you all very much from me and Steve.

Emily and Easton
They were in our arms only a short time but live in our hearts forever.


Letter – Crouse Hospital (Syracuse, NY)

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Hi Mary Sue and the Holy Sews ladies,
The bereavement team here at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY, would like to say thank you for the beautiful baby items that I received today. Our families that experience a loss of their baby will absolutely love them. I can tell a great deal of time and love was put into each and every one of the outfits. You do beautiful work. These should keep me for a while, and I will contact you when I need additional outfits.
Thank you so much.
Kathy Gorzka