"I received your package today. Oh my, it made me cry how beautiful the layettes are. How can I thank you for this great work and including us as part of your family of hospitals. God bless the makers of these layettes for their gift of love and compassion." —Rosemary

"I appreciate having beautiful coordinated layettes and keepsakes in all the appropriate sizes to offer to each patient and her family as these sets do not exist to be purchased on short notice." —L & D Nurse

"I can't believe that someone made this with such thought, care and perfect workmanship. It has taken a lot of worry off me to see my baby boy cared for so respectfully." —Anonymous Parent

"I am on the front line providing care to patients so I witness the impact of this ministry on families. The layettes and keepsakes are given to families from every walk of life who find themselves thrust unexpectedly into one of life’s most distressing situations—the death of their baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth. They rarely have any warning or time to prepare. The layettes serve a vital need and the keepsakes are treasured by the families for a lifetime."
—Bonnie Tincher, RNC, CNS, MSN (Now a board member of Angel Layettes)

"I care for families who have experienced the loss of an infant through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death and can provide an appropriately sized, beautifully crafted layette created by caring volunteers. They are so touched and relieved. Infant clothing in these small sizes is not readily available in the retail market. The layettes provide the family with treasured keepsakes that acknowledges and honors the infant’s life." —Grateful Labor & Delivery Nurse

"Angel Layettes add a beautiful lasting memory to a life event that is permeated with profound grief." —Susan S., R.N.

"Our box arrived! It felt like Christmas! I opened each one. Absolutely beautiful! I am so happy to have them. I like how they velcro in the front. It will make handling these little ones easier. I especially like the lavender sleeves as a keepsake 'box.' I will prepare them to hand out with all of the information the parents will need. I know they will be so appreciated. I will keep you up to date on their use and outcomes. Your ladies do beautiful work. Please share with them our appreciation."
—Amy G., RN

"We are so blessed to have you and your organization. Blessings to you!" —Michelle P., RN

"Thank you for providing our Angel Layettes." —Georgia

"Thank you for thinking of others during their time of need."

"This is so great! Be blessed and know this will bless many."

"You really live up to your name." —Marie T.

"We love them. Thank you. They are gorgeous." —Sharon B.

"We want to thank your group for the beautifully handmade infant gowns, blankets, caps and hearts. We know our patients will appreciate the love and care you put into making them." —Hospital Staff

Our Founder

Meet Sharon Sikes

Sharon Sikes, Founder of Angel LayettesSince 1977, Sharon has had a passion to help people who were experiencing the pain and grief from the loss of a loved one. Sharon is a certified bereavement facilitator and volunteer chaplain. Her work supporting those experiencing grief has spanned more than thirty years.

In 2004, Sharon was introduced to a special need relating to families in grief—the need for burial layettes for families who experience perinatal loss. As she met with local nurses, she immediately saw how this type of grief ministry could help both a family who was experiencing deep loss, and the nursing staff, who were in need of a way to show love and compassion in the midst of that loss.

For Sharon, this was an opportunity to blend her passion to help those in grief with her love of sewing.

Immediately her life's focus shifted to meet this need. She began to purchase the supplies necessary to lovingly produce these special garments and keepsakes. She quickly recruited a volunteer, her husband Arnold, who served as chauffeur, assistant and chief supporter. Sharon and Arnold, along with other volunteers, soon were working to provide for the hospital's need.

Since that time, Angel Layettes has grown in size and is providing burial layettes and keepsake hearts to families at no charge, through hospitals across the United States.

Sharon met with the hospital staff to design a layette that would be suitable for the babies they would adorn. As each design was completed it was sent off to nurses who used them and provided feedback for improvement.

Word soon traveled around to other hospitals about Angel Layettes and they began to contact Sharon about supplying their needs as well. It became apparent very quickly that the need for these was great, and would require more than what she could produce at home.

To meet this need, Sharon officially incorporated Angel Layettes in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since that time, Angel Layettes has grown in size and is providing burial layettes and keepsake hearts to families at no charge through hospitals throughout Texas, with others from around the country contacting her as word of Angel Layettes spreads.