Threads of Love Sewn for Premature Babies

7:14 PM, Apr 18, 2011   |    comments
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Chapin, SC (WLTX) -- Any parent who's gone through it will tell you, losing a baby is the worst experience imaginable.

It's the reason why a group of local woman are trying their best to provide those families with just a little bit of comfort.

On Monday afternoon, nearly a dozen women crowded around a large table inside a room of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Tightly fitted next to one another, each sat huddled up to their sewing equipment. Their talent and experience was different, but their mission was all the same.

"Premature babies are born all the time, some miscarry, some are born so they live awhile and some are stillborn," said volunteer Sally Gripkey. "I worked in the hospital, so I know what these parents go through. I know it's heartbreaking."

They call their ministry "Threads of Love." Sounds of conversation was only dominated by loud sewing machines each woman was intently using.

Each month, the women gather together to sew items for premature babies that are living or have passed away.

"You can see how tiny this is. This is for the eight-ounce baby," said Gripkey as she held up a tiny dress as small as her hand. "Nobody has baby clothes like this to buy. We want them to be buried beautifully, so that's what we do."

From dresses to envelopes for holding keepsakes, the women create a variety of unique items.

"It picks up the scent of the mothers, and we put it in the bassinet next to their babies, so they have their mother's scent," said Gripkey of a hand sewn doll.

In recent years "Threads of Love" has made thousands of items that have all gone to babies in local hospitals.

"Knowing that you're providing comfort to parents and to babies is addictive," said Mary Anne Livingston.

Volunteers with the group meet once a month in Chapin. If you'd like to become involved or donate you can call (803) 732-7459.










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