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. Think that is too much? Nanci Elf shows you how to make 60 pairs in under 6 hours. Click here for the video. To be a Panelist, email Mary Vaneecke at email@example.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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be a local panelist.
- For instructions on how to complete a panel, click here.
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 email@example.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.
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.
- Twitter–use #TheMourningProject.com
- Facebook-your page and your quilt/yarn/fabric shop and guild pages.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
- Do you know a location where we can exhibit TheMourningProject.com? Contact me at email@example.com.
- Can you help with installing TheMourningProject.com exhibition at a location near you? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
- Can you help with transporting TheMourningProject.com to exhibition venues? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Invite your elected representatives and the press to a baby bootie making party. Click here for sample invites/press releases (TBA).
- Invite your elected officials and the local press to view an installation or event. Click here for a list. Discuss how they can enact laws to address infant mortality.
- Write and call your local, state, and national representatives about the problem and ask them to support proven solutions to infant mortality. Click here for sample letters.
- Volunteer to be an Emissary for the project
- Help organize an exhibition in your area–contact me at email@example.com
- Organize advocacy efforts in your state or join the March of Dimes advocacy campaign