When a baby dies there is often little warning, leaving parents in shock and unable to organise clothing and other items for their baby. Having ready access to appropriately-sized baby clothing, supplied by the Treasured Babies’ Program, can reduce some of the stress for parents at a time that is already very difficult. They are then able to spend as many cherished moments with their baby as possible.
A range of items have been specially designed so that the gift can be adapted to meet different situations including: miscarriage, stillbirth, premature live birth/subsequent death, neonatal death and multiple births (of each of these). It is important that donations to the program comply with these special designs to ensure that once received they can be utilised as intended.
Being able to give newly bereaved parents the opportunity to choose what their baby wears can be empowering to the parents at a time when they have very little control over their situation.
Donate to the Program
Just like Red Nose bereavement support services, gifts from the Treasured Babies’ Program are provided to parents free of charge. It is important to us that this is always the case as we work to ensure all individuals who experience the death of a baby or young child are supported with care and dignity. While the program is almost entirely volunteer run we do require donations to support procurement of materials and cover the costs of our dedicated facility in Mooroolbark, Victoria.
To make a donation to Red Nose in support of the Treasured Babies’ Program please visit our online donation page and select Treasured Babies’ Program in the section ‘Where would you like your donation allocated?’ or call 1300 484 480.
Volunteer your time
The Treasured Babies’ Program could not continue to operate without contributions from our hardworking and dedicated volunteers. Involved in the Program in so many ways, volunteers sew, knit, crochet and make Angel and Memory boxes, and help with administrative tasks such as sending out orders and packing the gifts.
Our dedicated team of volunteers runs the program on Tuesday and Friday mornings from our location in Mooroolbark, Victoria. Volunteers can also support the program from their own home or community by creating items and posting these to Red Nose’s head office in Melbourne to be included in packs and distributed to where they are needed.
Complete our online registration form to register your interest in becoming a Treasured Babies’ Program volunteer.