Since our Mother’s Day Event we have made great strides to further our mission of connecting grieving parents to each other and community resources, and we finally had the time to update you!
On May 14th, Kerry and Kessia attended the Moms2B Annual Fundraiser. Moms2B helps women at high risk for infant mortality learn tools that will enable them to make healthy choices and deliver healthy, full-term babies. It was great to hear about the amazing work that Moms2B is doing in Columbus and we were happy to support its mission.
On May 15th, Kerry and Kessia attended a Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Training on Perinatal Loss, held at Knox Community Hospital. Sheila Hall, who leads the hospital’s perinatal loss program, kindly gave them the opportunity to share about AIMH, Annelise and Owen to a room full of health care professionals. It was such a beautiful and encouraging experience. We thank Ms. Hall for her dedication, amazing work and love for the grieving parents community!
On June 23rd, we had the opportunity to participate of the NILMDTS Walk in Columbus. Elizabeth chaired the volunteer committee of the walk for the second year in a row, and we had a table in the Resource Pavilion at the event with brochures, wristbands and lots of candy! There were several grieving parents who answered AIMH’s call to assist at the walk by volunteering, and we are SO grateful to them! At our table, we also shared about our two next events that will take place in September and November. It was a beautiful event and time of remembrance, with the reading of names, butterfly release, and reflective walk.
Finally, we have been working very hard on our Grief Care Package, which we plan on launching very soon. The Package will provide hygiene products, food and payment of utility bills for Franklin County grieving families who are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Low-income families are disproportionately impacted by stillbirth and infant mortality and we feel an urgent need to do something about it! We recognize that basic needs must be met before a family can turn attention to grieving and healing, and that is the inspiration for the support we have chosen to provide. We have been working to obtain grant funding for this program, and we were already awarded funding by the Kiwanis Club of Columbus!!! We are SO excited and grateful to Kiwanis! Additional grant opportunities are still pending.
We will also be presenting at the 100(+) Women Who Care meeting this coming Tuesday, July 17th. Elizabeth will present, and her presentation will be extra special because Jacob’s second birthday is the day after the presentation. Please wish us luck and keep Elizabeth and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
We also would like to thank all the people that have financially contributed to our organization. There are so many needs in the world, and we feel honored that you choose to support us. We also are so thankful to all the beautiful families that have attended our events and trusted us to honor their little ones with them. It means the world to us that you are allowing us to walk this path of grief alongside you. We hope to see you at one of our Fall events!