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.

For Love of Jenna Mae

"Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Ball. This is my first donation of diapers. I was able to donate to my local hospital, Delta Community Medical Center. I donated 8 sets of diapers in memory of my daughter Jenna Mae Ball. My 4 year old daughter was able to help me fold the diapers. It was fun to share this experience with her in a little way. 
I feel so blessed to find out about this organization. My cousin told me about this organization after the loss of her angel. I did not know anything like this existed. I was not offered anything for my angel. I was really struggling with the loss of my angel. Making diapers has been a beautiful, helpful healing step in my life. My baby was never offered anything. So I am so excited to help other families have beautiful clothing and know others care.

My Story:

My husband and I were so blessed to welcome a beautiful, healthy daughter into the world. When my daughter Kemry was 2 years old, we decided to have another baby. I figured it would take a while to get pregnant. I was pregnant right away. I was so shocked and excited. At 11 weeks I had a miscarriage. I never imagined this outcome. We tried again 2 more times with the same result. I decided to give up on children. It was too emotional. 

After my third miscarriage I found out I was pregnant again. My doctor had set up an appointment with a specialist. At 5 ½ weeks pregnant I started to bleed. My doctor sent me to get an ultrasound. I was so ready to hear the same news I had heard the last 3 times. We were in complete shock when the ultrasound tech said everything looks great. You are having twins and both heartbeats are strong. I was put on bed rest for a few weeks until the bleeding stopped. Everything continued great with the pregnancy. At 14 weeks we found out we were having a boy and girl. The babies were doing great and we were past the miscarriage stage! Now it was time to prepare for two babies. 

At 20 weeks we went in for our big ultrasound. During the ultrasound the tech stopped and left the room. She had not been able to find the heartbeat of our little girl. We were taken to doctor’s office to be informed that we had lost our little girl. I carried my angel for 15 weeks more. Our little boy was healthy and doing great but was watched very closely. It was an emotional and special time. I was able to feel my angel’s presence. I had time to deal with emotion. 15 weeks of planning the few moments of meeting my angel did not turn out how I had plan. My doctor and I had a plan. He had a photographer lined up, someone to make molds of my angel’s hands and feet, and the nurses at the hospital were informed and ready to help me deal with our loss. 

At 35 weeks my water broke and I was rushed to a larger hospital. I was faced with new doctors, new hospital, and no one knowing my circumstance. I delivered both babies on May 15, 2012. My son was rushed off to the NICU. After my c-section the nurses started to wheel me out of the room. I had to insist on seeing my baby girl. They brought me Jenna Mae in a metal bowl. She had been thrown in the bowl with the placenta and everything else. I was in such shock with the early delivery, being rush to another hospital, and my son being rushed to the NICU, I didn’t know what to do. I took a few pictures and they took my baby girl. I requested hand or feet prints or molds. The nurse took her away to try but I was later told they did not get anything. She was very fragile because she had stay inside of me for 15 weeks after her passing. 

I never saw my little girl again. I was not even able to hold her. The nurses signed a card with a bracelet that said “Sorry for your loss.” One nurse handed me the card and bracelet and walked out of my room. I was not asked if I wanted to hold my baby. A few minutes later a social worker came to my room and handed me a packet about loss and a packet about the NICU. She asked how I was doing. I told her I was okay. She then asked if I need advice on my son in the NICU. I was then told, “Well, you seem okay. So if you need anything, here is my extension number.” Everyone was so busy and focused on my son that it did not matter that I had lost another child. 

I am grateful for the concern and care of my son. Because he was watched so closely, the nurses saved my son’s life. He left the NICU after 2 weeks. I am beyond grateful for his care. I am now dealing with the loss of my angel. I am so blessed to have a healthy son and daughter and am expecting a baby girl in June. Making diapers has helped me deal with loss of my baby girl and deal with the emotion in this pregnancy. I don’t want others to have an experience similar to mine. I want other families experiencing loss to know others care. I feel like making angel clothing is a small way to let families know I care about their child. I hope sharing my story will help hospitals learn how to deal with the loss of a twin.

Diapers by Diana

Volunteer seamstress Diana made a donation of 15 sets of Teeny Tears diapers for families served by theSpartanburg Regional Medical Center NICU.  Thank you, Diana!

Atti's Lilies Part #2

Tanya, the angel mama behind Atti's Lilies, made a second donation of Teeny Tears diapers in memory of Atticus, C.E., and Riot Rubiss.  These diapers were donated to North Colorado Medical Center (The Hugs Program and Loops of Love).
Atti's Lilies specializes in providing tiny little remembrance hats for bereaved parents.
"Atticus was born on Easter Sunday of 2011 and passed from SIDS in November 2011. I was lucky to receive some items from the hospital when he passed, but I have learned that many bereaved parents have not. This page is for creating knitted caps in remembrance for your angel baby, whether you lost them to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss."~ Tanya, Atti's Lilies
Thank you, Tanya, for all that you do for angel families everywhere.

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