In one month, my book "The Golden Sky" raised over $200 for those suffering with infant loss this holiday season. It's amazing how hard times can bring so much good if you search for the best. Because of my book, I've been able to donate $760 to this cause so far. Pretty exciting if it will help just one person.
It was easy finding the places I wanted to donate to--they'd helped me so much once. While Zeke was in the hospital, several things happened that helped ease the stress and pain. One was when "Santa" came to visit the patients. He posed with the kids, even our son. I remember crying because we knew it might be his only holiday season. We still have the picture of him with Santa, and it means so much. Later that month, a mother who had lost a baby in the NICU made blankets and donated them. Zeke received a few of those blankets; I still have them in his special box. In addition to those wonderful people, we met counselors as well as a photographer who came and took pictures of Zeke before and after he died. It's amazing how much their support carried me through.
When I decided to release my book--my journal--I knew one of my biggest goals was to help those struggling with infant loss. We've taken a large percentage of the profit and donated to Angel Watch (the counseling organization mentioned in my book), an amazing photographer who takes pictures of children who are passing away, as well as the Pregnancy Resource Center. This Christmas, I wanted my kids to be involved as well, so we took some additional money and bought fabric to make blankets. We've been working on those and plan to donate them to the NICU along with some copies of my book just before Christmas.