For Love of Lael and Avery


"I found this group in October of 2012 after my sister-in-law lost her baby girl, Lael Gutierrez at 18 weeks. My heart fell & I wanted to do something in her honor. Well, life got the best of me during the holidays and I hadn't even sewn up 1 diaper. 

In January of 2013 I found out I was pregnant. I have 3 beautiful children from a previous marriage but this baby was our first. Brayson was nervous watching my tummy grow (it was his first all together). Our 18 week ultrasound came & my heart fell as we learned I had lost the baby just days before mother's day. Our daughter Avery was born with no nurse or MD in the room, just us & it was peaceful. I was very blessed to have delivered at the only hospital in San Antonio that carried these lil gems. 

Soon after Avery s birth I started sewing. I needed this group so much. It is honestly what has helped me to heal. My children help flip the diapers & even pin them. We talk about sister & how much we love her often. She is forever with me. 

With each donation of diapers, I send it off with a kiss & a prayer in my heart for the angel families and the staff of all these centers."   ~Naomi (mom of Avery Verzella & aunt to Lael Gutierrez)

486 diapers have been donated in memory of Lael and Avery for the families of:

Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas
Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, New Mexico
Methodist Child and Heart/Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas
Renown Regional Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada
University of Maryland  St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland

For Las Vegas, Nevada

Diapers by Edy

These are my photos from the delivery I made to the University Hospital in Tampa, Florida. 20 large and 20 small diaper sets. I had a strong need to get involved with a charitable organization and especially one dealing with infants or children so I contacted several and did not get any response until I contacted Teeny Tears and you got back to me immediately. Currently its just me, sewing for all of the angels who are gone to soon, and I will continue to sew as time allows. It feels so good to be a part of your team, thanks for all you do!   ~Edy Tampa, FL

For Love of Lauren Part #4 - #12

Angel mother Amy Watson remembers her precious Lauren through service in her memory.  She serves in a variety of ways, including advocating for angel families at hospitals across the country and providing sewn diapers and other clothing treasures (including buntings, hats, and gowns!)

To read more about Lauren, please click here.

The Watson Family has recently provided donations of Teeny Tears diapers and other clothing items for the families of:

Blue Mountain Hospital in Blanding, Utah
San Juan Hospital in Monticello, Utah
The Women's Hospital of Texas in Houston, Texas
Sanpete Valley Hospital in Mount Pleasant, Utah
Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colorado
Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez, Colorado
Sevier Valley Medical Center in Richfield, Utah
Castleview Hospital in Price, Utah
Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon, Idaho

"Cortez and Durango, Colorado are relatively close to me. I called and offered them diapers and they were very receptive and had never heard of tiny diapers. I mailed off boxes to them" ~Amy

In an effort to reach all hospitals in Utah, we reached out to Richfield and Price hospitals. As we went to visit family for the 4th of July we were able to work these towns into our drive. It was fun to drop off diapers in person, especially for my daughters who help me so much with the project." ~Amy

"I sent two small sets to Steele memorial in Salmon, ID for an 18 week baby being induced.I also sent a large bunting in case it was needed. Although a donation is in the works, this was an immediate need I was so happy to be able to fill. Also included hats, a lay-me-down wrap and blanket with each set."  ~Amy
"Here in our neck of the woods, there are some ladies who take care of any stillbirths that happen. They do hand and foot molds, pictures and dress the babies. The Angel Babies group was running low on tiny clothing, so some of us here made up sets to fill that need. We made diapers, blankets, gowns and  hats. The need is rare but we are ready." ~Amy
And ten more sets of diapers for Sanpete Valley in Mount Pleasant, Utah
Thank you, Watson Family!

Diapers by Pam #3

Volunteer diaper seamstress Pam Baldwin has made another beautiful collection of diapers for the families of Florida.  These precious treasures have been donated to Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, Florida.

Diapers by Angelina Part #4 and #5

Volunteer seamstress Angelina has been busy in her sewing love for angel families! 

148 diapers and 53 blankets for the families of United Birth Center in St. Paul, Minnesota
50 sets (100 diapers) for the families of Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia.  Included in this donation were 50 sets of no-sew stockinette hats (100 hats) donated in memory of Caleb Alvey from the Alvey family.

Diapers in South Carolina

A big THANK YOU to the Women's Guild at Blessed Sacrament Church in Charleston, South Carolina for their beautiful work for angel families.  They have provided Teeny Tears diapers and Angel Outfitters buntings with no-sew hats for area hospitals.

East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Marlboro Park Hospital in Bennettsville, South Carolina

Diapers by Barbi

 Volunteer seamstress Barbi has made 84 beautiful diapers for angel families in Arizona.

"A few months ago my cousin's daughter gave birth to a stillborn and I made a bereavement gown for her precious angel baby, Benjamin. A few days later, I came came across Teeny Tears and saw how a tiny little diaper could bring some comfort to angel families. 

Twenty-nine years ago I had a miscarriage. I had an ultrasound done on a Friday morning then a call from the doctors office that evening. The call was to tell me I had miscarried and I would need to go in on Monday for a D&C. The only thing I remember is that everything was handled in such a cold manner and I just tried to be strong. My participation with the TT project has helped heal my heart from my loss. Every diaper is stitched with love and a prayer that the families receiving them will find some comfort in knowing that their precious angel baby is wrapped in warm love." ~Barbi Lopez

For Banner Casa Grande in Casa Grande, Arizona and Benson Hospital in Benson, Arizona

For The JLB Project at Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Arizona

For Love of Uncle David

The Wilson Family of New Jersey made a donation of 138 diapers in memory of their Uncle David William Corbett, who passed away at the age of 69 from cancer.  David's beloved wife Mary Ann joined in the project as well.

"Everyone who knew David Corbett loved him greatly. And those who knew him only in passing, as an acquaintance, or a colleague, or a friend of a friend, felt fortunate to be touched by his optimism and humor, his shining spirit and the spirited way he led his life."
 138 diaper donated for the families of St. Peter's University Hospital of New Brunswick, New Jersey.

For Love of Karter Part #2

"This is the second annual donation in honor of our TTTS angel Karter Maverick Dunn. The diapers were lovingly made by my Aunt Tami and her family as well as by a dear friend of mine's Aunt Mary.

My husband and I vowed to not let Karter’s passing be for nothing. I speak regularly to my now 15-month old Kolton about his guardian angel brother and will continue to tell him how much of a bond they share. We will always be a mommy and daddy of twin boys and I was so blessed to have gotten to feel his little life inside me!  We are so excited to be a part of such an amazing blessing that the Teeny Tears organization is to other families like ourselves!" ~Danielle, mother to TTTS survivor Kolton and angel baby Karter

To read more about Karter and his story, please visit this link.  

Diapers, blankets, and hats for the families of Brandon Regional Medical Cener in Brandon, Florida.



 

For Love of Lillian part #7, #8, and #9

Caren, angel mother to Lillian Grace Cahoon, has donated more beautiful Teeny Tears diapers in her memory for angel families.  To date, a total of 584 diapers and many many tiny blankets have been donated in memory of sweet Lillian by her family. 

These precious 142 diapers were donated to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, New York.
40 diapers for Nyack Hospital in Nyack, New York
 86 diapers for Sisters of Charity hospital in Buffalo, New York

Heather Glen Relief Society and Utah SHARE of Davis County

Christine Damitz is the angel other behind Angel Outfitters (a division of Teeny Tears the specializes in providing itty bitty buntings for babies lost between 14-19 weeks gestation.)  She serves in memory of her daughter Lily Dawn Damitz, who was born still September 4, 2009 (5 years ago today).  Through the Angel Outfitters project Christine honors her memory and those of countless other angel friends.


"The Heather Glen Ward Relief Society sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contacted Angel Outfitters with a desire to do a service project to create bereavement clothing for angel babies and their families. 

This was a very special night for me personally, as this is the congregation we were attending when we lost our daughter in 2009. The love and support we received while going through this difficult time was overwhelming, and I don't know what we would have done without them! Their desire for continuing service has truly touched my heart. 

We met in early November, and these incredible ladies went to work!! They made buntings, Teeny Tears bereavement diapers, No-Sew Hats, and tiny lace headbands for angels. Their enthusiasm and energy was incredible. "  ~Christine
 

The results of their efforts over the next three weeks were amazing. Over 300 buntings, over 350 hats, over 500 headbands of various sizes, knit items...

and of course 168 Teeny Tears diapers!
When all is said and done, they have donated more than 1,500 individual items! All these beautifully made outfits have been made in loving memory of the angels born to families in their ward congregation.

The diapers in this collection were donated to Utah SHARE of Davis County in memory of:

Brandon Petersen 
Megan Petersen 
Tyleigh Marie Buchanan 
Tucker Willets 
Andrew Mitchell Kirkham

Thank you, Heather Glen Relief Society Sisters, and thank you, Angel Outfitters!

We are honored to serve the families supported by National SHARE Infant Loss & Support!  Find out more about SHARE on their website and don't forget to "like" them on Facebook!

For Love of John

Volunteer seamstress Pam Baldwin has made a collection of precious Teeny Tears diapers for angel families of Maryland, in memory of John Emery Althouse III, for the hospital where he was born.




100,000 Diapers


Thanks to the hard work and generosity of many many many amazing Teeny Tears volunteers around the world, we have been able to donate 100,000 DIAPERS through our project to families going through a very tender time in their lives. We wish that nobody ever needed our diapers. But since they do, we are so glad that there is something that we can do for these special angel families, anything to try to soften their road as they walk such a difficult path.

Our mission to "diaper the earth" has already succeeded far beyond our wildest imaginations, and we are just at the beginning of our journey!

Gone are the days when angel babies must be left with naked bums because there is nothing suitable. No longer must nurses try to fashion a “diaper” out of cotton balls and tape. Our little diapers offer dignity and modesty to the tiniest angel babies. We will continue to work and sew until no itty bitty angel bum is left uncovered! The love that goes into these diapers tells a grieving parent that someone cares, that someone knows that their child is special, loved, real, and that they matter. Because a "person’s a person, no matter how small".

Miracles happen in this project every single day! "Where love is, There God is also." Mahatma Gandhi

With just the physical construction of diapers alone, more than 20,000 hours of service have been rendered! That is 833 days of round-the-clock service just in cutting, sewing, trimming, flipping, ironing, pinning, and ribboning. Which doesn't include fabric shopping time, standing in line at the post office, or any of the endless hours involved in making arrangements with our hospitals. Then you factor in all of the other precious handcrafted items that have been donated along the way (buntings, blankets, hats, tunics, gowns, remembrance bracelets) and all of the behind the scenes efforts that keep our project running smoothly; the depth of love and sacrifice is absolutely unfathomable!

100,000 diapers donated
100,000 safety pins
20,000 hours of service
3.5 miiiiiiles of flannel

I offer a HUGE thank you to our tireless army of diapering enthusiasts around the world!! In our ranks we enjoy the contributions of individuals, families, sewing clubs, youth groups, Eagle Scout projects, high schools, loss parent grief support organizations, and churches of all religious denominations.

To find out more about the Teeny Tears project, or to make a donation to our cause, please visit us online at: http://teenytears.blogspot.com/

Keep your eyes peeled for the hashtag #teenytears100k as our volunteers take some time to relax and pamper themselves, to commemorate this significant achievement! Today we are celebrating the most generous, industrious, open-hearted, kind, funny, and wonderful volunteers in the world! Well done, Teeny Tears volunteers! WELL DONE.

For Love of Brody -- Angel Mommies of Arkansas Part #27

Maranda from the Angel Mommies of Arkansas continues to her mission to comfort bereaved families in Arkansas... and beyond! These 20 sweet diapers were donated for the families served by United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia in memory of Brody Noah Estep.

"In memory of Brody Noah Estep, for a dear friend of mine, he lost his son at 28 weeks gestation." ~Maranda

For Love of Martin, Part #5 - Part #14

"I enjoy sewing, and have a lot of free time to be able to do this project. I love being a part of this organization and being able to give back to other parents of angel babies. I have made ten separate donations in memory of my only grandchild, Martin Clifford Lovejoy." ~Sue, angel grandma to Martin

Over the last several months, Sue Miller has donated 724 beautiful diapers (with matching blankets!) to ten hospitals all across the United States from Arizona to Maine!  Thank you for your generous contributions and beautiful treasures, Sue!
 
Los Alamos Medical Center in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Carolinas Hospital System Florence, South Carolina
Chinle Hospital in Chinle, Arizona
Page Hospital in Page, Arizona
Cobre Valley Community Hospital in Globe, Arizona
Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona
Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona
Advocate Good Samaritan in Downers Grove, Illinois
Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine

For Love of Melissa

The Babcock family made a donation of diapers to the Teeny Tears headquarters.  This is their story.  

"My name is Michelle Babcock.  My husband Brian and I have 5 children: Ashley (& Jared), Carter, Emily (Melissa's twin sister), Melissa, and Jake.  I found your organization last year as I was browsing the internet looking for a way to help other parents/families who have lost little babies.  I was immediately touchd by the efforts for so many who have donated tiny little diapers to your special organization and wanted to help do something.  

I am sending you these 125 diaper sets (250 diapers) to donate to a hospital that is in need.  It doesn't matter where you send them or which hospital you donate them to... whatever you feel is needed.  My hope is that these tiny diapers will help the families that receive them feel comfort in some small way; and that they know there are those who are thinking of them.  My heart is tender when I think of these families hurting and missing their little ones.  This hits close to home...

A little over 19 years ago -- 1994 -- twin girls were born to our family, Emily and Melissa.  Our daughter Melissa was born with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.  After a day and a half, our little angel Melissa passed away in our arms.  Then the nurse/hospital brought our little angel Melissa to us, she was dressed in tiny jammies and wrapped in a special blanket.  Our family treasures the handmade quilt, her jammies, hand and foot prints, lock of hair, and a mold of Melissa's hand that were given to us after her passing.  Every year around the anniversary of Melissa's passing (or Christmas time), our family likes to donate a blanket, jammies, etc. to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah to share with someone in the unit that our Melissa was in.  Our hope is that this will in some way bring some comfort and love into their lives.  

When I came across your organization last year, I felt strongly that I need to help.  I had friends and family help me with this diaper donation along the way.  Some of the young women and young women advisers in my ward helped me cut the diapers out of the fabric.  I sewed the diapers; and along with my family, we pinned the diapers together and put the ribbon and card on each diaper set.  

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me help Teeny Tears.  It has been a blessing in my life over the past few months.  I'm already at work on my next donation project for your group."  ~Michelle, angel mother to Melissa




The diapers that the Babcock donated to the Teeny Tears headquarters were donated for families served by the following hospitals in Colorado:

Evan's Army Community Hospital
Memorial Hospital Central
Memorial Hospital North.



For Love of Adelaide Part #2

"As a Christmas present to our angel Adelaide, family members near and far put together a donation of Angel Outfitters Buntings, No-Sew Hats, and Teeny Tears Diapers for the hospital that performed the laser ablation surgery to try to save her and her twin sister from the devastating effects of twin to twin transfusion syndrome."

Baby Adelaide did not survive TTTS, but her twin sister lives on.  To read more about their story, please click here.

The doctors and nurses at UCSF were amazingly competent and compassionate during one of the scariest times of our lives. We are so grateful for all they did to try to save both of our girls and feel we owe our survivor's life to them. We wanted to make sure they had some bereavement clothing for families like ours, and we are so grateful that they accepted them.
My sister Laurel (in Nevada) introduced us to the projects and suggested the idea of a combined donation, all of us working together to supply a hospital in memory of Adelaide. 


I loved the idea and feel so grateful for her support and thoughtfulness. Mom (in Utah) sewed several pairs of diapers. My sister Vanisha (also in Utah) sewed blankets and included a small square of the same fabric (sewn like the blankets) for a keepsake, which I thought was a lovely idea. My sister Bethany (in Virginia) sewed a couple pairs of diapers and several buntings.  My husband and I were able to contribute a few buntings and a bunch of hats :) Our children enjoyed helping by turning up the brims of the hats and putting pairs of hats in baggies with the diapers.

Our families donated 10 blankets with keepsake squares, 20 buntings, 20 pairs of diapers, and 40 pairs of hats. I loved that this donation was gathered from across the United States for the families served by UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco, CA. It was so nice to work on this donation together in memory of our Adelaide, granddaughter, niece, sister, and daughter."  ~Keira and Israel, angel parents to Adelaide.