Julie's Mission is a non-profit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to provide support to hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICU) by creating handmade articles for critically ill newborns and their families.
The group's 275 plus volunteers sew, knit or crochet blankets, hats, blesssing cloths, incubator covers, crib accessories, and memory clothing. For the families who must say goodbye to their child, Julie's Mission volunteers sew tailored memory dresses, layettes and our memory envelopes, which are designed to hold cherished items, such as documents, pictures, footprints, and pieces of clothing.
To date, Julie's Mission has provided more than 15,000 handcrafted items to 35 hospitals, locally and throughout the United States. We are a local organization with nine chapters in the Beaufort County, SC area.
The organization, Julie's Mission, was formed as a result of a tragedy. A baby was born and survived only three weeks. The devastation and grief that the family experienced cannot be described. However, there are times when good things come as the result of something tragic. That is Julie's Mission.
Every day babies are born before their "time." They are small, helpless and in need of extraordinary care. Their families are neither prepared for their arrival or the experience to come. Julie's Mission is composed of volunteers who have chosen to attempt to ease the grief and pain of those families. Sometimes it is just a matter of providing the hat that newborns wear to retain their body heat. Sometimes it is to give dignity to a baby born so soon it cannot survive. There are also those times that all we can do is provide a means for the family to assemble the official documents that show a life came into this world. When these babies are placed in an incubator in the Neonatal Unit, Julie's Mission provides a cover that helps to simulate the womb by blocking light and sound, enemies to the developing baby.
These needs exist and are addressed throughout our country. There are many organizations like Julie's Mission that attempt to help these families in need. We do not compete with each other but compliment the efforts being made. The patterns we use are from sites that state "these patterns are for personal or charity use only." It is a universal need being met by caring people.
Julie's Mission sends demise clothing, knitted or crocheted blankets, Memory Layettes, Memory Envelopes and Incubator covers to hospitals across the United States. They only need ask. We coordinate their needs with our resources and a working relationship is developed.
Our members consist of residents in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Their goal is to do something with a purpose. They knit, crochet, sew and quilt without knowing who will benefit-only that they are helping someone.
That is what Julie's Mission is all about.