My husband and I are currently in the process of starting a non-profit charity for women (AND men) whose children pass away. This is not going to be a “you have to earn less than [insert amount here] to qualify, and we will only pay for this, this, and this” kind of charity organizations. There will be restrictions, but I feel like there are enough charities that pay for the “necessities.” But what about the gas money for commuting back and forth when a family member is in the hospital? Some people say “Ronald McDonald House!” And that charity is AMAZING. But some families can’t do that because their children are in school/the other parent works/whatever. And what about cell phone bills? Cell phones are a necessity for families that are going through this. Just the ability to get in contact with the other parts of your family that can’t be there all of the time. And for families that lose their children and are “tattoo friendly” I don’t think that money should be an issue when it comes to considering a memorial for the child that you lost. And what about the house cleaning? A LOT of times, the women are the ones that keep the house clean. But when they go on bedrest, their house becomes a disaster area. I’m speaking from experience. Even if this charity can only pay for someone to come by once a week to get some dishes done, some laundry done, and maybe make a few meals that can be frozen and reheated at some point, that would be a miracle for some of these women. And especially if they are in the hospital. Because then the kids and the husband don’t even have Mom there to complain about the house. I want to start a non-profit charity that helps with the day-to-day things that are not considered “necessities” by places like Social Services, etc.
So many people and organizations have been instrumental in this process. So many people have been amazingly generous. And I have to address those people. This story is incomplete without them.
- Yvonne Wilson made my son’s burial gown free of charge. She owns Ah! Baby Creations and specializes in making cloth diapers. Please check her business out. She is an awesome seamstress for babies and children.
- Bryan at Deadly Sin Tattoo. He is doing the memorial tattoos for my husband and myself. He is not making any money off of the tattoos.
- Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. They did professional pictures of my son after he had passed away for free. Some people may not want this and may find it “gross” or “disgusting.” But I couldn’t live with myself if I ever forgot his precious face.