Saturday, June 19, 2010

I need your help!

What I want most out of my experience with Audrey is to help others who have suffered a similar experience. Each one is different, but whether you have gone through it yourself, have stood along side a friend, or never dealt with this, you can help.  You will receive many blessings by helping and there are many ways you can do this.  I have listed some things that came to my mind and what people did for us, but I am sure there are many more ways.  Please send me an email if you have any input about what we can do to help this community of people.  It is a life-altering experience, and one that I hope changes lives by bringing others to Jesus Christ.

How YOU can help:
  • Pray! Pray! Pray!  There is nothing more important than this.
  • Email me and let me know who needs our prayer and help.  Either yourself, a friend, or just someone you heard of.  (Please make sure it is OK with that person before you send their name to me)
  • Be there - be available at any time.
  • Attend the funeral - Although it is a very difficult thing to do, it really means a lot to people to know that their child was cared for and you want to remember them no matter how short their time on Earth was.
  • Ask about their child - Audrey will always be a part of our family even though she does not live her.  She is forever a part of us and one day we will be reunited with her.  
  • Send a card or email.  It does not take much time but it means a lot to know that you are thinking of someone and praying.
  • Deliver a meal to the family.  Not only during the initial time, but sometimes it is nice to take them a meal a few weeks later, when the "dust has settled." There are days when it is just hard to get going.
  • Give them an afternoon off.  Stay with other kids they might have and do some cleaning for them.  You will never know how something so small can mean so much.
  • Donations:    
    • Blankets - various sizes and colors.  If you knit or crochet it does not take long to make a small blanket, and it can be a way to use up little amounts of yarn.
      • Size:  15"x20" up to 30"x40"
    • Little outfits or onesies - keep in mind that a baby born early is very small and you cannot run to the store to get something.  So things that will fit tiny babies up to newborn sizes.  For both boys and girls.
    • Burial gowns
    • Memory books - watch for these on clearance sales!
    • Gift cards or money - this can be used to cover the cost of a meal if you are not able to fix one.  Any money sent will be used strictly to help these families.
    • Molds for hands and feet
    • Keepsake boxes for small things
    • A plant or tree to have in memory
    • Gift bags for other children
  • Your comments and ideas - I will update this post as you help me come up with more ways to help.  

1 comment:

  1. Rebecca-

    I did several posts like this last year. If you go to my blog and click on the right side about how to help someone you can read them. Maybe there's something in there that you haven't thought of yet.