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Angel Layettes celebrates a decade of giving back


POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 6:33pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 7:12pm

One local non-profit continues to grow as they hit a decade of serving East Texas. Their expansion has allowed them to help families across the nation as they gain volunteers and new facilities.

More than a decade ago, Sharon Sikes decided to turn her love of sewing into something meaningful for families across East Texas. Now she spends her days making hand-made layettes for parents who have lost a child from early birth, a miscarriage, or still-born.

"I just heard of a need at a local hospital where they needed burial layettes for their still-born infants," said President of Angel Layettes, Sharon Sikes.

A small non-profit that started in her home began to expand as more people saw the great need for what she was doing.

"I know there's a need bigger than Tyler and that's evidence by the fact that we've never advertised and we are now 50 hospitals nation-wide," Sikes said.

The beautiful layettes are made inside their 2,000 square foot facility by a group of 20 volunteers, and no space goes unused. From cutting, to sewing, to gluing the volunteers do it all. Each layette sent to a family includes a hat, gown, blanket, and a special heart that carries a very profound meaning.

"The heart that we make is cut up and then put back together," Sikes said. "Like the parents hearts who are broken and then put back together."

And while this means so much to the women behind the layettes, it means even more to the women who receive them.

"They're in such profound deep loss that they have nothing to provide clothing or burial arrangements for their baby," said nurse and Vice President of Angel Layettes. "So when we're able to provide a beautiful layette that is sewn with love and care it is amazing the way they receive that.

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