How You Can Help

How You Can Help

Be a Panelist

  • These intrepid supporters will make or collect 100 pairs of baby booties and sew them onto fabric to form one piece of the 225 piece puzzle that makes up the the image below.  To be a Panelist, email Mary Vaneecke at mary@maryvaneecke.com for your panel instructions.  You will make 100 pairs of booties to create a very specific piece of the overall image, just like we are trying to solve the ‘puzzle’ of infant mortality.  Think that is too much?  Nanci Elf shows you how to make 60 pairs in under 6 hours.  Click here for the video.  
  • Don’t want to make a panel all on your own?  This is a wonderful group project.  Ask a friend or 2 or 10 to help.
  • There are 5,000 pairs of loose booties in Tucson, Arizona, and we will need volunteers to attach them onto fabric.  Contact Mary Vaneecke at mary@maryvaneecke.com if you want to be a local panelist.
  • For instructions on how to complete a panel, click here.  
Each one of the 23,000 pairs of booties is one pixel of the 38′ by 38′ overall design. Each square of the grid represents 100 pairs of booties. Request your panel pattern today by emailing mary@maryvaneecke.com.

Make Baby Booties

  • Get a group together and sew, crochet or knit as many pairs of baby booties as you can–we need 15,000 pairs of white booties to complete the installation image. Make each pair unique.  Treat each one as a tiny elegy for a too-brief life. READ THE DONATION FORM BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR BABY BOOTIES.  It has instructions on how to present the baby shoes.  Please email mary@maryvaneecke.com to find out what your panel pattern is. Your pattern will determine what color booties to make.  Panels must be complete by April 1 to be a part of the spring installation.
  • Make a pair of baby booties or a whole panel in memory or in honor of someone (see details on donation form/checklist)
  • Ask your friends to make booties and assign them colors according to the pattern.
  • Host a baby bootie making party. It is a great chance to talk about the issue, how it has affected you, and share some of the solutions to the problem.  (Click here for info on the problem and solutions)
  • Having a birthday? Ask your friends to make a pair in your honor for every year. Throw them a party to do so.

Communication

 HELP!  I need 18,000 more pairs of baby booties!  Please share this information far and wide, and do it often, everywhere you go, in person and online.

  • Print the flyer or the business card-sized handouts on this page and distribute them at your
    • sew/quilt/knit/crochet/felt/fiber group and guild,
    • favorite quilt, yarn or fiber or fabric store
    • church group
    • family and friends
    • your local quilt/fiber art show
    • SHARE this graphic online. Right click on it, save it to your computer and upload it to your Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
      To get learn more or get involved, click on TheMourningProject.com tab above.
      • Twitter–use #TheMourningProject.com
      • Facebook-your page and your quilt/yarn/fabric shop and guild pages.
      • Pinterest
      • Instagram
      • Snapchat
      • Ravelry
      • on your own website or blog
  • Follow TheMourningProject.com on Facebook, and Mary Vaneecke on Pinterest, and Twitter.
  • Blog about TheMourningProject.com.
  • Invite me to write a guest blog or join your podcast
  • Invite me to talk to your group.
  • Get your TheMourningProject.com swag at Zazzle.
Booties by Kaylee

Other Donations

  • Are you tech-savvy? Could you assist with updating the website?  This can be done from anywhere in the world, and in your jammies!  Contact mary@maryvaneecke.com if you can help.
  • Do you know a location where we can exhibit TheMourningProject.com? Contact me at mary@maryvaneecke.com.
  • Can you help with installing TheMourningProject.com exhibition at a location near you? Contact me at mary@maryvaneecke.com.
  • Make a financial donation to TheMourningProject.com. Click here for the GoFundMe page.
  • Can you help with storage for TheMourningProject.com in Tucson, Arizona? Contact me at mary@maryvaneecke.com.
  • Can you help with transporting TheMourningProject.com to exhibition venues? Contact me at mary@maryvaneecke.com.

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