It is with heavy hearts that we welcome you to our ministry. We exist because we too have lost a child and wish to comfort those who know this pain. You can read our story and learn more about what we do as you navigate through the tabs below.
Please know that you are not alone and that the darkness that you feel right now will ease with time, love, and support. We hope and pray that we can be of some comfort to you in these coming days.
From baby Evan's mommy-
Granting Hope Ministries...
"I can't express how grateful I am for Jody and her husband for starting this ministry. They were inspired to start the ministry in honor of their son Grant, who they lost at just 28 weeks gestation. To have to leave the hospital without our baby in our arms was very frightening and traumatic to think about for me(as I have said before), I couldn't imagine how I would ever be able to do it. When it came time to leave, my nurse brought in this basket full of Evan's stuff. The little bear they took pictures with, his little outfit, tape measure...all his stuff, the only physical remains of our little boy. Receiving this basket and not having to leave the hospital with completely empty arms made our crappy day just a little bit better. With all the resources, scriptures, poems, music I wasn't completely lost. I didn't feel totally alone. Having this information, and all the beautiful stuff that came with our basket has helped tremendously in my healing. My hope along with theirs is that EVERY family that loses a baby in the Phoenix area(at least) would be able to receive one of these wonderful baskets."
I am so thankful for all the donations and prayers we have gotten in support of Granting Hope. Though I wish there was never a need for an organization like Granting Hope, I am happy that it is speaking to people's hearts and helping them to find the peace and healing they need to survive the loss of a child.
We have posted a list of items that are needed to keep this ministry going.
Rectangle baskets found at Walmart and basket filler in off white or dark brown (the filler hangs above the baskets at Walmart)
White printing paper
Off white cardstock
Shower gel with matching body lotion (we currently use and prefer AVON naturals) but Mary Kay or Bath and Body could work, mini size
Lip Balm (again we are currently using AVON)
white 4x4 chipboard (ebay)
Assorted ribbon, especially sheer and satin neutral or pastel colors
Craft brads- hearts, flowers, circles, squares, anything goes hereStickers, such as "Remember", "Cherish", "Courage", "Love", "Memories", etc
Stamps and stamp ink
Patterned Paper Pads (JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby has best selection, or possibly a scrapbooking store)
Small square white craft boxes, Michael's, 99 cents each
Hard wrapped candies (such as Jolly Ranchers)
Oriental Trading Company white plush lambs