GRANTS PASS, Ore. — About 26,000 children are born stillborn in the U.S. every single year. Since those babies are often too small for commercial clothes, a group of local women is making diapers for the infants’ burial.
“Teeny Tears” is a nationwide project that now includes Oregon, thanks to a group of Grants Pass women from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They are making tiny diapers for preemies and micro-preemies who die just after birth.
The women have already made 150 diapers. They are hoping to double that to meet the need of NICU’s throughout Oregon, including Rogue Regional Medical Center.
You can help by either sewing diapers and blankets or by donating flannel, white or pastel thread and #2 safety pins. Those interested in donating supplies or already made diapers, contact Gwen Owens at 541-244-1767.