Angel Annex nonprofit opens

Published on Friday, 11 April 2014 23:04 - Written by From Staff Reports

An East Texas nonprofit celebrated its growth at a ribbon cutting on Friday.

Angel Layettes, an organization that makes outfits for babies who die before they go home from the hospital, officially opened its Angel Annex on Friday, which will be used as an administration building for the charity.

“Angel Layettes brings comfort to families grieving over the loss of an infant from miscarriage, stillbirth or death shortly after birth, and honor and dignity to the memory of the precious baby by providing, without charge, custom designed burial layettes and keepsakes,” according to the news release.

The Angel Annex is at 10534 Farm-to-Market 2813 in Flint.

In addition to providing layettes to Trinity Mother Frances Health Systems, Angel Layettes provides them to 26 hospitals throughout Texas and 18 hospitals across the United States.

Layettes consist of a gown, hat, blanket and keepsake heart. Sets are made in a variety of sizes to fit even the tiniest infant.

“The set has been designed with input from nurses to enable them to dress a tiny, fragile body, covering anomalies and giving families the ability to hold the infant without disturbing the integrity of the body,” according to the release.

All of the layettes are cut, sewn, ironed and packaged by volunteers using patterns designed with input from nurses. Anyone interested in volunteering for a variety of tasks, or in supporting Angel Layettes with donations, should call Sharon Sikes at 903-534-5212.