Volunteers met Monday at All Saints Episcopal Church to assemble layettes for Babies in Need, as they do every month. They wrapped tiny clothes in ribbon and placed them into handmade bags to drop off at local hospitals. Since 1999, Babies in Need has distributed about 4,900 layettes and 2,500 car seats to needy families.
“Most of us are all grandmas and we ‘ooh and ah’ over all this stuff,” said volunteer Judy Walter, 77, as she tied a bow.
The women have seen each other through surgeries, the birth of grandchildren, the death of husbands and all of the other joys and sorrows of life. They joined hands in a circle to pray.
“Thank you, Lord, for this time today. Thank you for all the people that contribute to Babies in Need — clothing and money for car seats and prayer and just lots of love in so many ways,” said Kitty Ash, executive director of Babies in Need. “Thank you for the hands that are here today, helping to put things together and get them ready for the babies.”
She prayed for the families receiving layettes from Babies in Need. They may be struggling with addiction, with housing or just scratching by.