Testimonials

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"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."
—Karoline

"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


Key People

Angel Layettes has been blessed with the talent of a multitude of people who help to meet the needs of families. Among them are our board members who come with special talents and gifts:

Bonnie Tincher, RN

In addition to being Vice President of Angel Layettes, Bonnie is an invaluable resource for providing feedback from the aspect of a primary caregiver. Bonnie holds a master's degree as a Maternal Child Clinical Nurse Specialist and worked to coordinate care for patients with high-risk pregnancy. Shortly after taking this role in 1998, she was asked to coordinate bereavement care in the labor and delivery area of the hospital. In that position, she created a Maternal Child Bereavement Community Advisory Board to help meet the needs of the families they served.

There was, she noticed, an on-going need to provide burial clothing in sizes and design that were not commercially available. While there were some volunteers who provided for this need, they could only do so as time allowed. She then was introduced to Sharon Sikes, to whom she conveyed this need for a consistent supply of layettes with unique design elements and sizes not available.

I am on the front line providing care to patients, mentoring staff and with the Maternal Child Bereavement Community Advisory Board, which identifies ways to serve our families better. I witness the impact of this ministry on 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, often arriving at the hospital without knowing that was going to happen that day. The layettes serve a vital need and the keepsakes we create and provide are treasured by the families we serve for a lifetime. I am often asked 'how can you do this?' My answer is it is the most loving gift that I can give a bereaved family. The keepsake heart represents what we do. It is a gift of love that acknowledges the baby’s life and symbolically says the loss of your baby has changed your lives forever, we want you to know that your loss has touched our lives, too.”  —Bonnie Tincher