I am very fortunate to have a larger readership that often lets me know about charities I had not heard about. But the knitting charity I am sharing with you today came from an entirely different source — my husband. He stumbled across this article (be forewarned, a video will begin playing when you open this link – you may want to mute if necessary before clicking) and shared it with me. It tells the story of Teresa Golik, the woman who began Bridget’s Cradles. Bridget’s Cradles is a special knitting charity born of tragedy – the stillbirth of Teresa’s granddaughter, Bridget. Teresa’s daughter Ashley knew her pregnancy had complications and that there was a possibility that Bridget would not survive. Knowing that Bridget might be born prematurely, Teresa decided to begin to knit a special blanket. She knew a typical hospital receiving blanket would be far too large for a premature baby. She was then inspired to knit the sides of the blanket together to form a cradle shape. Afterward, she added lace and an embroidered cross to signify her faith. When the baby was indeed born too soon and died shortly after her birth, the cradle turned out to be the perfect size for Bridget. The family members were able to gather and take turns holding Bridget in the cradle, both greeting and saying goodbye before she was buried. “In the months following Bridget’s birth and death,” says the Bridget’s Cradles website, “Ashley knew that God had now given her a new purpose on this earth. Ashley felt that God wanted to use Bridget’s life to change the world by helping others suffering the loss of their babies. “Ashley and Grammy knew how much of a blessing the cradle was to their family and knew that other families would benefit from having a special cradle for their babies in Heaven too. Grammy began to knit more cradles and Ashley began to create the ministry with the support of family, friends, and the community.” Thus was Bridget’s Cradles born.
How You Can Help
Bridget’s Cradles is a local charity that aspires to be more widespread. They are based in Wichita, Kansas, but they are in the process of expanding so that they can reach out to bereaved families all over the country. Whether you have personally been touched by the loss of a baby, or your heart simply aches for those who have, you are welcome to knit or crochet cradles for Bridget’s Cradles. They ask that those who want to volunteer visit this page and fill out an application form. They will then send to you an official Bridget’s Cradle pattern (knitting and/or crocheting, depending on your interest), as well as a document containing their set of guidelines. After you have knitted or crocheted cradles and sent them to Bridget’s Cradles, they will be inspected and adorned with charms and tags specifically designed to offer further comfort to the grieving families before they are sent to local or affiliated hospitals. You can learn much more about Bridget’s Cradles, including some testimonials from those who have received cradles, by exploring their website. Knitting for Bridget’s Cradles is a terrific opportunity to provide a genuine source of comfort and healing to families grieving the loss of a baby.