Arkansas non-profit sews handmade burial "layettes" for stillborn children
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) —
Inside Parish Hall at Our Lady of the Holy Souls, in Hillcrest, a group started meeting once a month to do something that, 10 years later, has touched the lives of thousands of families across the country.
Regina Binz says her son was born 17 weeks in gestation, a moment that still is vivid in her mind.
"Even though I sort of knew what I was expecting,” she said, “I wasn't ready for what I was going to see."
And at first, that day pushed Binz away from the idea of helping other families in her shoes.
But then her mom and some other people began sewing garments for still born babies, because the clothes the hospitals provide are often too large.
After thinking it over, Binz decided to partake.
"We met, and we sowed for several months," Binz said.
That was in 2008.
Today, Holy Sews has now delivered roughly eight thousand beautifully hand sewn burial “layettes” across the country to help families when they say hello, and goodbye, to their baby.
"Grief knows no boundaries,” Binz said. “It doesn't matter what religion, faith, color or creed you are. Everyone feels love everyone feels grief."
But to Binz, she takes no credit for this great work.
She says it's the 20 or so volunteers that have helped make holy sews what it is today.
"And really, what it has done is change the image for women and families all across the country," Binz said. "We just want to give something meaningful and loving at a time where it's just dark and despair."
Holy sews now sends their layettes to all 50 states,
The group is holding an online donation drive called, “April Showers,” that's geared to raising money for the organization, so they can buy more materials and have a larger impact across the country.
If you would like to give a donation to Holy Sews, click here.