Tole Friends' Memory Boxes

There is a wonderful all-volunteer organization that provides memory boxes free of charge for hospitals and infant bereavement programs. Each box is painted or decorated by volunteers who purchase the boxes and other supplies with their own funds, and then mail them to the appropriate hospital without any expectation of compensation.

To date, the volunteers of Tole Friends' Memory Boxes have donated more than 113,000 memory boxes for angel families across the United States. The purpose of the program is to affirm the life of the child for the family who has suffered the loss of a newborn. Crafters and artists create each box with great love and a sincere wish to reach out in support and understanding. They know each infant is special and loved very much, regardless of how long the child lived.

The gals at Tole Friends provide free patterns, tutorials for decoupaged boxes and decorated boxes, tutorials on making boxes from scratch, links to suppliers, and poem suggestions appropriate for memory boxes.

Check out their gallery of painted memory boxes and also the decorated boxes.  The individuality and love that is put into each box is a special gift for the families that receive these boxes during a very difficult time in their lives.

To find out more about the important work done at Tole Friends' Memory Boxes or to participate in their project, visit their website.  Don't forget to "like" them on Facebook!