Monday, November 1, 2010

Knits of Grief First Donation

Last Monday, on Oct. 25, I was able to make my first donation. Yeah! I was able to donate 14 blankets to St. Joseph's Hospital in downtown Denver -- the same hospital where we delivered Jackson. I wanted this hospital to be the first place I donated, in honor of Jackson. I was also pleased I was able to do it around his birthday, too. I couldn't bring myself to go on his actual birthday, but I think it will be something I will always remember.

I have to admit, the night before I gave my donation, I felt a bit anxious. I even had a dream about it. I thought about how sad it is that these blankets will be going to families who will lose their child. I really don't like thinking about that fact. But I guess the truth is it happens ... and if I can bring the family a simple thing to be comforted by, I can feel good about that.

As it turns out, the hospital and nurses were thrilled to take the donation and said they would take anything they can get.  After I left the hospital, I felt great about it and happy I was able to do it.

On top of this, I was also able to send three blankets to With Love Care Packages. I'm very excited to help Franchesca out and her mission!

Obviously this couldn't have happened without the help of many people. A big thanks to my husband Brent for his continued support, encouragement and help with bagging all the blankets. Thank you Shen for accompanying me to the hospital and carrying the bags -- I couldn't have done it myself, and you being there gave me the motivation to do it!

A huge thanks for all those who helped provide blankets thus far. Thank you Lori L. for your two beautiful soft blankets. And Joanna S. -- someone I don't even know -- for taking the time to crochet for my mission. And a big thanks to Geri S. and the Heritage Guild of South Suburbia, South Holland Illinois. The group provided me with 12 blankets and a monetary donation. I was so overwhelmed with their generosity and every bit certainly helps!

The two blankets I knitted

Blankets ready to be bagged and donated
Back of postcard included with blankets
I do just want to mention one other thing. Franchesca, with With Love Care Packages, was so kind enough to design my own personal blog button. You can find it on the right-hand side of my blog on the homepage. If you have a blog or Web site, I would love it if you grabbed it and shared it on your site. And if you have one you would like me to include on here, please let me know!


  1. Rebecca,
    Thanks so much for posting the pictures of all the beautiful blankets! And thanks to you and all others who knitted them! You have such a loving heart to reach out to others in their grief.

  2. What a beautiful way to honor Jacksons life and give back to others struggling with such a difficult loss. So inspiring, I'm looking forward to the day when I too can donate my first blankets to a local hospital & to With Love! Thank you for sharing and for continuing to reach out to others in spite of your own grief.

  3. So glad you were able to make your donation. I am proud of you for your idea, and the way you have shared with others. Having wonderful friends at a time like this is a blessing; I am glad you have some wonderful friends in Colorado, and that I have a wonderful friend in Gerri and her quilt guild. Love, Mom

  4. Dear Rebecca,
    I am hopeful that the "knits of grief" work is helpful for you. I also lost my son while pregnant and was 32 weeks along. Life is never the same... I found it helpful to deliver care packages to hospitals as well and what you did to return to St. Joseph's took a tremendous amount of courage. If you want to partner with another organization, the Walk to Remember organization puts together care packages for parents who have lost a baby and they include blankets in their packages in the Denver Metro Area. They may be found at

    For anyone else reading this, there is also a helpful grief group for moms and dads who have lost a baby during pregnancy in the Denver area and it is Assistance with Grief. The number to call to find out more is 303 788 LOSS
    The MISS foundation is also helpful as well as

    I think it is so amazing that you are able to provide these blankets to help others. It is absolutely wonderful and compassionate-
    With love--