Bringing Sweet Pea Project to your local hospitals is a wonderful way to for bereaved parents to honor their babies and for non-bereaved parents to do some great charitable outreach work in their communities. And it is easy! So, here's what you need to do.
Your first step is to figure out where you would like to deliver your donation. You can check out the list of hospitals with which we have worked in the past on the How We're Helping page. If your hospital is listed there, you'll know that they accept our blankets, and we should be able to put you in touch with the person you'll need to put the donation in attention to. If your hospital is not listed, you'll need to contact the hospital and make sure they will accept the donation of blankets. A good person to check with is usually the perinatal bereavement coordinator, chaplain, or head nurse in labor & delivery.
Once that is settled, it is time to organize a drive. You can simply collect blankets, or you can choose to also collect financial contributions to purchase copies of Still (which will be available to you at a 50% discounted rate). We can send you a jpg for a general blanket drive flier, or you can design and customize your own. After you have finished collecting blankets, you can request blanket tags and hospital information documents by clicking HERE. If you've collected money to order books, you can find the ordering information at www.sweetpeaproject.org/donatestill.
If you have any questions at any point of the process, please feel free to contact Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org.
Before you begin collecting blankets, please read our Blanket Standard statement below.
Sweet Pea Project accepts new, unused blankets in receiving blanket sizes, preemie sizes, and micro-preemie sizes. Gently used blankets are not appropriate, as we want each special blanket to belong to one child and nobody else. We request that blankets be made of cotton, flannel, fleece, chenille, or other similarly gentle materials.
Sweet Pea Project accepts handmade blankets, but we need to be very careful with them due to the extremely fragile nature of a stillborn child's skin. Even though the fibers of crocheted and knitted blankets may feel soft to us, they can disturb the baby's delicate skin causing tears and abrasions. For that reason, we usually ask that all handmade blankets be made out of flannel, fleece, cotton or another similar fabric. We don't want to come off as picky or ungrateful, but the last thing we want is for our blankets to harm a baby's skin and cause parents even more pain than they are already experiencing. Thank you for understanding.