I have been campaigning on my Facebook and Instagram the last four days for something very special and just realized that I didn’t share what I was doing ON HERE! With the community that so closely supported us during our time in the hospital. I’m sorry!
Let me back up.
October is Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness month. As many of you know, I am a designer with Origami Owl. We sell custom jewelry, and our signature piece is the Living Locket. Our lockets tell stories and part of our mission is to be a force for good. We take that seriously (you’ll see more on that below).
You may remember that for Liam’s 1st birthday, instead of presents we asked for locket donations. Our goal was to donate 20 lockets to our local hospital for moms dealing with pregnancy loss or complications. Well, we donated 37! As lockets were handed out to moms that were going through loss or difficult pregnancies, the word got out. The hospital reached out to me because they wanted to partner with us in serving these moms.
And “Lockets in Liam’s Name” was born.
Since then, we’ve donated close to 100 lockets, and the local Maternal Fetal Medicine just reached out to me again on behalf of the hospital. They wanted to order 50 more lockets! I posted the news on Facebook and shared a little of our story. I was curious to know if anyone would partner with us in donating more lockets to the hospital in Liam’s name.
Well. It hasn’t even been four days, and with the hosptial’s donation and the donations of my friends and family, we have raised $4,187.93. That is enough money to buy 126 lockets. I am blown away and so touched by the big-hearted generosity of so many.
The stories have been so beautiful. I’ll post here what I shared on Facebook this morning (these numbers are already out of date again because the donations keep pouring in):
Last night as I was getting ready to go to bed we had raised about $1,400 and had 41 lockets donated. This morning before 8am we received almost another $1,000 in donations bumping us to 68 lockets. How does that even happen? I’ll tell you how. 16 of them came from other Origami Owl designers (and probably half of the entire 68 have come from my fellow designers). With tears streaming down their cheeks they have donated lockets in memory of their own babies or grand babies that they lost. After sharing her devastating story one said… “So anyway, I guess I imagine what it would have been like to feel support especially by a random act of kindness.” And another said, “I will donate 7…one for each of the little angels that my daughter has lost.” These are my friends. Designers I have gotten to know within this company. Some on my team. Most not. Just sisters in our goal and mission to be a #forceforgood And they’re not the only ones. My friends and family have donated from painful places as well. One friend wept as she donated ten lockets after praying about the number she was to send. She has grieved with her son and daughter in law after losing multiple babies. This is a heartbreaking project and yet at the same time so beautiful. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month and because of you and our local hospital, I will be driving nearly 120 lockets to be donated. Thank you.
So my question for you: would you consider donating? The cost per locket (I have donated my commission to make each locket more affordable) is $33.19. If you are interested, you can send the money via PayPal or comment below to make other arrangements. I am trying to place my order by today, so if you’re able to donate this afternoon/evening, great! If donations come in after that, I’ll place another order. Here’s the secure link to send money:
Here’s a shot of some of the lockets we were able to donate last year. My contacts in the office have told me again and again how meaningful these gifts have been to grieving and shocked mothers and fathers. Thank you for considering being a part of this project!