Progress Report

16 Apr

I have finally gotten around to making a site for Project Flutter. I am almost ready to send you all over to fill it with posting and happiness. It is not quite perfect, but it is on a free host so it isn’t costing anything to upkeep.

Right now I have a forum set up through another site and have posted a link on the Project Flutter page. Ideally, I’d like for everything to be on the same page so there is no confusion… but for now I think this will do. My plan is to use the “contact us” page to have people submit their information directly to me, and then I will send them their care packages.

Of course, this means I need to really figure out what will be in those care packages. Here is what I would like to include and, therefore, what I am taking donations of:

  • cards for me to send with a small “welcome” note
  • very small stuffed animals
  • handmade jewelry — pins, bracelets, whatever, for the Moms. I think it would be great if we could find a way to make angel wings pins, and I am probably going to make some stretchy bracelets like this one to include.
  • kindness cards (Amy, that’s all you!)
  • YOUR grief stories — I will print them all out and make a little booklet to send to people. I will also put in some of the information from the grief material that our hospital gave us, so feel free to include that sort of thing as well. I would ideally like to do two booklets, one of personal stories and one of general advice and information.
  • small memorial items — figurines, picture frames, ornaments, knitted/crocheted things, quilt squares… anything that can be displayed around the house
  • candles — I think the small votive candles in white, yellow, or other neutral colors would be good, though maybe some pink and blue too for people who tell me if their angel is a boy or a girl. I think I will design some wrappers I can tape around the candles.
  • photos — I will definitely include some of my butterfly pics here. I am hoping to get some nice, small photos, maybe 4×6 at the largest, that can be put in. If I get really industrious, I will make some sort of sturdy paper album for them.

I have also been playing around with the idea of gift cards, but I think not since that sort of looks sketchy, right? Hey, please send me gift cards.. Yeah, no.

I would also like to organize a balloon release or something once a year, but I think that might have to wait until there are more people so that people can at least find one other person in their general area. Maybe one day Project Flutter will be big enough to organize real get-togethers!!! 🙂

So there you go. Please let me know what you can do, or if you have other ideas, and start sending! As soon as I have ONE care package put together I am going to launch the site. Anyone who helps with the construction should also expect a care package, and should send me some brief bio information so that I can add you to the “who we are” page on the website.

Happy Wednesday!

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5 Responses to “Progress Report”

  1. Wondy April 16, 2008 at 1:13 pm #

    I’ll help in any way I can! I love that you are doing this, you really are a very rare person – and I love you!

  2. Amy April 16, 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    Oh, Heather! I would love to make kindness cards for Project Flutter! You will just have to hook me up with newly bereaved parents and the baby’s name, etc. and I will send them out! I am so happy for you! I will be working on kindness cards for 1st Breath, the advocacy group we are starting here in KCMO too!

    You will have to pick a logo for Project Flutter and send it to me jpg style so I can load it onto the cards, I will do a mock when you get the logo to me and see what you think!

    Sounds like you are doing oh, so well…I will re-read this and send you anything you want!

    Much love and peace, Amy

  3. Becky April 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    Anything you can think for me to do?

    I’m not very creative, but I am dedicated.

  4. Brandee April 16, 2008 at 11:57 pm #

    Heather, you are an amazing person. I’d love to help any way I can!

  5. Antigone April 18, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    No giftcards! Guh?

    I can’t wait to see the site.

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