I think that's wonderful that you are starting this in your area. I can't tell you how much it meant to me to receive Zach's memory box. I keep it in my nighstand and cherish everything inside of it. I'm not sure how to go about getting the items inexpensively though, I would assume that many places will donate. Also, there might be some money set aside in the NICU budget for things like this. I know the money for the memory boxes from our NICU comes from money that families have donated. And, if there are people at your church who can knit or crochet, maybe they could make some of the items.
In our box is:
Zach's footprints, pieces of hair, diaper, little blanket, hat, shirt and booties, a card with Zach's birth statistics, the name card that they made for his bed in the NICU, tiny heart pillow, "It's a Boy" beanie baby bear and a small sign that says, "If you can'thold children in your arms, hold them in your heart."
The box that it was put together in is very nice, I'll put a call into the social worker at the hospital on Monday to see if I can find out where they order them from, I'll also take a digital picture and can send it to you in email if you like.
Again, I think that's wonderful that your group may do this. It will mean so much to so many.
Zachary James, 7/22/03-7/27/03, born at 26wks - severe pe
Miracle in progress... #2 is due February 2005!!!
Southern California Coordinator