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These Women Knit Afghans for a Cause That Will Break Your Heart

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Afghans for Angels, a national non-profit program, knits tiny blankets for babies who die in infant-hood to comfort their parents’ broken heart.

Founded in 2001, Afghans for Angels was created to “construct and distribute comforting, hand-made afghans to children with life-threatening illnesses.” These illnesses are specific to infants, and reach out to mothers who have suffered a miscarriage, a stillborn birth, or an infant death.

The average size of an Angel Afghan, which will make you tear up, is about a 2-foot square and shows how truly tiny these baby angels are when tragedy strikes. The parents are gifted an afghan through the program, which is broken into statewide chapters, to not only swaddle their child for one last time, but also to keep in remembrance of their baby.

As the Afghans for Angels website states, “many grieving parents are touched by the fact that people they have never met have cared enough to make something so beautiful and special for them and their child.”

This program is doing incredible things for those grieving parents, and should be recognized for their quiet, yet powerful efforts to provide support for a group that is often brushed under the rug.

Losing a child at any time is devastating, and Afghans for Angels is working to alleviate a tiny bit of that pain.