"Here is a little about my first grandbaby Emmett Weisz, who is my inspiration to volunteer for Teeny Tears.
My daughter Amy and her husband Jerry received the devastating diagnosis of Potter's Syndrome at 19 weeks. They were determined to give their baby the best little life that they could. Baby Emmett arrived 7 weeks early on March 2, 2014 and lived for 48 minutes. He was beautiful and perfect to us. I promised him that I would tell everyone about him and his cute chubby little cheeks. We miss him every minute of every day.
I found Teeny Tears by chance and quickly became involved sewing and making hats to honor Emmett. Along the way other volunteers from MN joined including Emmett's great-Grandma and others that are honoring their own grandbabies. Through our heartbreak, we hope to give some hope and comfort to the families receiving these diaper sets." ~Jean Corrow, angel grandmother to Emmett
These wonderful Minnesota grandmothers have donated beautiful diaper, blanket, and hat treasures for the following hospitals:
Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Oregon
24 diaper, blanket, hat sets to Fairview Ridge Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota
Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas
Thank you for your beautiful gifts for our angel families!
Dottie Kruse joined our project in the summer of 2014. In that time she has taken on diapers, blankets, hats, and Teeny Tunics for angel families! In total so far, she has donated 732 diapers for angel families! That is just the diapers, and does not include 136 tunics and countless blankets and hats that she has also donated along the way. Thank you, Dottie, for your wonderful work for our families!
"My driving force behind my sewing is to honor my angel brother, Robert Earl Thomson. Robert lived for nine months before the Angels took him away. Robert got pneumonia. He just wasn't strong enough to pull through. I think about Robert everyday. I wonder what would our family be like if Robert had survived. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. ~Dottie, sister to angel brother Robert
I read about Dex Bradshaw. His story touched my heart deeply. So I decided that everything I made out of white flannel would be in his honor.
I am very blessed to be a part of this group. If I can bring just a bit of comfort to a grieving family in their darkest moments then I will continue to sew." ~Dottie
Hospitals and organizations served by Dottie's tender loving care:
University of Arizona Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona
Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California
Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka, California
Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet, California
Mercy Mount Shasta in Mount Shasta, California
Montclair Hospital Medical Center in Montclair California
San Dimas Community Hospital in San Dimas, California
Palomar Health Downtown in Escondido, California
Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota
Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minnesota
Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Park-Nicollet Clinics and Maple Grove Hospital in Maple Grove, Minnesota
United Hospital of St. Paul, Minnesota
Daniels Family Funeral Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning, South Carolina
Chloe Ella's Angel Closet in Sandy, Utah
It was such a wonderful experience to be able to provide this service for families in need. Throughout the whole experience, my mind kept going back to my sister and her sweet angel Donavan. I can still remember all of the trouble she had finding something to bury Donavan in. I am so glad that I am a part of providing that bit of service for grieving families. My sister told me that it was difficult in the logistics of finding something to bury Donavan in but there was also an emotional burden of having to search for something to bury your tiny baby in. She loves that this service will alleviate a burden from a grieving family at a terrible time. Thank you for honoring her and her dear angel baby." ~Elizabeth M., angel auntie to Donavan
202 more diapers and 101 beautiful blankets have been donated in memory of little Donavan for the families of:
Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, South Carolina
Hilton Head Hospital on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Womack Hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Volunteer seamstress Anita has worked with her step-daughter Jen of Angel Wing Doula Services to make sure that the families of Mercy Health Hackley of Muskegon, Michigan have Teeny Tears diapers for their families.
This is a blessing to be able to help our littlest angels. God has been by my side this whole time and therefore I have been able to share my two angels and how they did not have any of that back then. The hospital loves the diapers and I am working on sending some other things to them. The bereavement doula group love the diapers as well and have asked that I send some for memory boxes." ~Anita
172 diapers donated for Mercy Health
To find out more about the important work being done by Angel Wing Doula Services, please visit their website by clicking here or see them on Facebook.
Our wonderful seamstress Sydra has donated 272 precious diapers and 45 beautiful blankets for angel families through our project. Thank you so much, Sydra!
Hospitals that have benefited from Sydra's service:
Mercy Fort Smith in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Arnot Ogden Regional Medical Center in Elmira, New York
Houston Medical Center in Warner Robbins, Georgia
Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia
Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland
Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, West Virginia
Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, Arkansas
Here are the beautiful collections that have been sewn with love by Sydra!
"On June 30 of this past year we welcomed our daughter and only child into this world and within moments said goodbye as she was born too early to make it. I also immediately started making diapers for Teeny Tears (my mom and sister had made some after my nephew passed away). I was excited and energetic about them and worked on them for a few months almost every day. Then I went to buy more fabric. The trip was nothing out of the ordinary, but when I got home I put the fabric with the rest of my supplies and stopped working on them all together. Then this week I gathered some of my finished ones (and some left over from the batches my mom and sister made) to donate 44 sets to Mobile Infirmary.
These diapers were worked on by me (Heather), Crystal, Marilyn, & Kim and are in memory of Meredith Danielle Montz." ~Heather, angel mother to Meredith
"Today I want to include a dear friend of mine, that I met at work. We are bonded in more ways than one. Our most recent bond was that I found out I was pregnant with our baby Alex in mid-May. She found out she was pregnant beginning of June. She held my hand after my life saving surgery. I made sure she was ok during the summer months. Beginning of September, she found out her baby was not ok. Baby was not as developed as it should be and after further imaging done by her doctor, they were told that the baby's brain was not developing. They were told that she would be delivering the baby soon, as the heart had a lot of fluid surrounding it. That night I sewed diapers for both boy and girl and buntings for each. I visited with her the next day and I presented her the diapers and buntings for when she did deliver, she would have them with her. We had a long talk that night, from one bereaved mother to one that was wishing and praying that the findings were false. A few days later she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Angel Richard. He was dressed in the diaper and bunting that I had sewed especially for him. I miss my son, Julian, more and more every day. It may seem as though I am ok but the leaves are turning yellow and I remember enjoying the colors two years ago as I held him in my belly, enjoying a Pumpkin Cappuccino, and my heart aches to hold my children. Life will definitely not be the same, as we lost what we prayed would be our rainbow baby, Alex, in June due to an ectopic pregnancy. Yes, life has been tough. Although neither of my children wore Teeny Tears diaper I am grateful that I found this organization and that I have been able to help two families in Prowers County Colorado with the loss of their babies."
Cynthia and Ralfie Rodriguez, angel parents to Julian and Alex
60 diapers were donated by the Rodriguez family, in memory of Julian, for the families served by Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Volunteer seamstress Abby joined our project as a senior in high school in February of 2014! She had learned about our project in 2012 while doing a school research project on premature babies. Since joining our project, Abby has donated 134 beautiful diapers for angel families AND graduated from high school. Thank you for your generous work, Abby, and congratulations!
Hospitals served by Abby:
Stony Brook hospital in Stony Brook, New York
Graham Hospital in Canton, Illinois
Rush Medical Center of Illinois
Hospitals Served With At Least a Full Year Supply of Diapers
Teeny Tears is a non-profit organization of diapering volunteers that is centrally coordinated. Our volunteers collaborate together to provide tiny flannel bereavement diapers to hospitals and bereavement support organizations at no charge for families that have suffered the loss of a preemie or micropreemie child through stillbirth or NICU loss. Project launched November 2011 in loving memory of Dex J Bradshaw.
Because "a person's a person, no matter how small." Dr. Seuss