Pregnancy is a very stressful time for any mother. There are so many things that can go wrong, and, unfortunately, there are times when even the most prudent moms face tragic situations. One such situation is a stillbirth. Although the chances of having a stillborn baby are relatively small, parents who experience this devastating event often have trouble coping with the loss. Afghan for Angels is an organization that helps mothers of stillborn babies through the grieving process by donating blankets for their babies. The entire organization is run by volunteers who knit blankets that are small enough to hold a stillborn child.
Susan Ross is an example of a mother who experienced the tragedy and grief of losing a child to stillbirth. At just 35 weeks she gave birth to her daughter, Marriane, who sadly passed away only 20 minutes after being born. Following her newborn’s death, Afghan for Angels sent Susan Ross a box containing a blanket knitted by volunteers, as well as her daughter’s footprints and hospital bracelet. In an interview with CBS, Ross said, “It’s very hard to describe that this two-foot blanket could be so meaningful, and something that I held as a memory to somebody that was with that blanket for just a few minutes.”
Afghan for Angels has donated almost 1,000 blankets to hospitals in California. Demand for their blankets has grown so much over the past few years that they’ve been unable to keep up. The organization is always looking for new volunteers, so be sure to check out their website if you’re interested.
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