A lot of our journey with Pass It On, Baby! is the wonderful feeling of helping another mother in their time of need. It’s based on helping moms through what can be a dark time. But sometimes, the dark times are much more than one or two of us can take on. Sometimes those times need the love and support of an entire community…
Heather and I started PIOB in a very simple manner. I shared clothes with her, she went ahead and shared clothes with another mother who needed the kindness so that we kept the circle going – and thus the idea on a larger scale was born. That very first mother that received clothes – she needs our help again, but this time the help is no longer in clothes.
Earlier this week, we received some heart-breaking information. That little baby – that precious soul – had passed away. He was seven months old and had just celebrated his very first Christmas. He was beautiful and loved and as you can imagine, there is a family in grief and shock…searching for answers and needing our comfort and compassion.
As most all of you are aware, we typically deal with mothers who are struggling financially, who have hit a bump in the road and are going through trying times. This mother is no different. And so it is with much heart-break that we reach out to you to look in your heart and see if there is anything that you can do to ease their burden. In grief, shock and sadness, they currently face funeral expenses as well as burial fees…not to mention the headstone. The financial worries at a time like this can be simply overwhelming. We’re all coming off of Christmas, there are many families hurting out there – we understand this. But, in searching your heart you find that you can donate $10 or even $20 dollars, whatever your budget allows…the hope is that we can put this together and allow them to focus first on their grief.
There are some that simply can’t donate the funds, but are also going to feel the sadness and shock inside their being as if they knew this baby. Maybe you can send some prayers, some kind words to a young, grieving mother or share some comfort with a heart-broken grandmother. We all help in the ways in which we can.
It will take an entire community to help out…so please, consider passing along this entry to everyone you know that might be able to help. In so many of our pasts, we have felt the pain of losing a loved one, and sadly enough, there are many people who have also buried their child or their grandchild – or struggling along the path to pay for that funeral as well. Share your story, your wisdom….some kindness.
In love and kindness,Email Elizabeth and Heather