A while back, a neighbor friend of mine told me about Molly Bears. This amazing organization creates teddy bears for families who have suffered the loss of a baby. The bears weigh exactly the same as your angel baby. I remember holding Callie. The weight of her balanced in my arms, rather than in my tummy. I smelled her hair and kissed her nose. I tried to burn that memory into my mind so that I would always remember her scent, her cute chin, her long delicate fingers, and the way she felt in my arms. After she passed away, there was no more gut-wrenching feeling than having her removed from my grasp. Suddenly light again, the emptiness I felt is indescribable. I cry every time I remember those last moments together and I hated leaving her in that hospital room, wrapped up in a swaddling blanket, as I was wheeled away by my husband. She was no longer with us, but I wanted to hold her forever. I can't tell you how many times I've wrapped up a teddy bear in Callie's blanket and pretended it was her. I rock her and talk to her. But it's not the same. I cannot wait to receive my Callie bear. I want to feel her weight in my arms again. To remember what it felt like.
Molly Bears is currently doing a teddy bear drive. If you are interested in helping fill a grieving mother and father's arms, please consider donating a new teddy bear to the Molly Bear organization. There are no color/size restrictions, but most of the bears that they create are 14-19" so that size would be much appreciated. If John and I donate 10 or more bears, our names will be moved up the very long waiting list so that Callie's bear will be created in September. We are hoping to get much more than that in memory of our sweet sunshine angel. Every bear you donate will be loved on and appreciated more than you know. If you live in the Ashburn area, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in donating and I can come pick up your bear before Aug. 10th. If you do not live here or you prefer to mail your bear directly to Molly Bears please mail it to one of the addresses below:
Northern United States: Molly Bears, 1443 Central Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Southern United States: Molly Bears, 258 N. Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020
If you are a friend/loved one of ours and you would like the bear to be in Callie's memory, please include a memo with your bear that mentions this.
Thanks so much for your support!