Many people know the pain of losing a premature baby or possibly a baby who is stillborn. When these unthinkable situations occur, the family looks for ways to ease the pain. Our church hopes we can help make the loss of a child more bearable.
A group of ladies called "smocking angels" assemble at our church to smock and sew outfits for the lost babies. It was brought to our attention by our former youth minister, who is now working as one of the chaplains at Wake Medical Center, that the babies needed outfits in which to be buried. The group leader is our Outreach chairperson, Patricia Hollowell, who has made christening gowns for many years. The invitation went out to the community that a class was being formed to smock and sew the outfits for the hospitals. Several ladies from other churches as well as some from Divine Street answered the call. The group of participants range in age from 24 to 90. Anyone interested is welcome to join the team.
The gowns are currently being made and delivered to Wake Medical Center (3 locations in Wake County) and now also for Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn, NC. As of year end 2016, 64 gowns were delivered to Wake Medical Center. Periodically throughout the year, additional gowns will be available. Before each delivery, the gowns receive a blessing from our minister to provide some much needed relief to the bereaved parents and families.
As resources become available, both materials and smockers, this mission could be expanded to other local hospitals. Donations of money, lace, notions and material (please check with the group leader for types) would be most appreciated. Contact the church office at (910) 892-2339 for additional information.