In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC’s social distancing recommendations, we’d like to give our volunteers, supporters, and local bereaved families the following updates on cancellations/modifications to upcoming Bridget’s Cradles events.
At this time, we are only making decisions for events planned in the near-future. We will continue to monitor the situation and take precautions based on national and state recommendations. Please know that the situation is rapidly changing and any plans or decisions are subject to change based on new information and recommendations.
3/25/2020 Volunteer Work Night at Bridget’s Cradles Headquarters
The in-person gathering will be canceled, however, we will be hosting a “virtual work night” in which local volunteers can still give of their time and talents that evening from the comfort of their own home (as long as they or family members are not sick).
We have been so honored to hear from so many of our local volunteers during this time that they are eager to volunteer for Bridget's Cradles and have a project to work on during their extra time spent at home. We have always known that we have the best volunteers in the world, but we are so encouraged by the kindness and good that we are still seeing in the world during these dark and uncertain times!
This virtual approach to the volunteer work night will allow us to continue vital operations while at the same time taking precautions to keep people safe and honoring social distancing recommendations.
More details will be emailed to our team of Wichita volunteers so that they can sign up to participate in our virtual work night if they would like! If you've never attended a work night before, but would like to participate, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/26/2020 Panera Restaurant Night Fundraiser for Bridget’s Cradles
This event will be postponed until a better time. We will post and email details when we decide to reschedule to a different date. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to give in other ways during this season. For ways to support Bridget's Cradles, visit www.bridgetscradles.com/supportus.
April local events (Hope Gatherings Support & Serve and Volunteer Work Night) will be decided upon closer to the time of each event.
And last but definitely not least, to all of our Knitters and Crocheters making cradles across the country:
We hope and pray that you will continue making cradles during this time as the sad reality is that pregnancy and infant loss does not take a break during a global pandemic. Our mission remains important to support hospitals and families during this time.
However, we would like to share the following recommendations to keep you and others safe and healthy during this time:
-First and foremost, please follow the recommendations of the CDC and local and state health agencies for your area. The health of you and your family should always be your top priority.
-If you are feeling sick or anyone in your home is sick, we encourage you to take break from making cradles and focus on resting and getting better or caring for your loved one(s). We especially do not want you worried about going out in public to the post office to mail cradles during this time! Stay home if you are sick!
-If your local area is particularly impacted with a high number of cases, even if you’re healthy, consider postponing going to the post office to mail your cradles for a few weeks/months until it is a better time.
-Consider buying yarn online instead of visiting craft stores.
-Enjoy your down time at home during social isolation by knitting/crocheting cradles knowing that you are using your time to comfort a grieving family and spread hope and comfort to a world that currently feels so dark. Please wait to send them, though, until it is safe in your area to do so.
More details regarding our internal operations and safety recommendations will be emailed to our nationwide team of knitters and crocheters.
Though things are definitely not normal this month and we won’t be physically together, we want to stay united in our mission and shine the light of Christ even in the midst of these dark times!
Our mission, His mission, cannot be stopped by a virus! We will continue, unafraid, to live out our purpose, while at the same time making wise decisions to protect the volunteers and families we serve and love! Remember, hope can be just as contagious as fear!
What can you do to help families grieving the loss of a baby through the ministry of Bridget’s Cradles during this time?
*Volunteer remotely from home
*Send supplies (shop our online wish list)
*Pray (for our team, organization, volunteers, hospitals, bereaved families; people sick with the virus, businesses/nonprofits impacted by the crisis, healthcare professionals, grocery store workers, etc.)
We will be praying for you and your family that you may stay safe and healthy, hopeful and unafraid. We will pray for healing and full recoveries for all of those affected by the virus. If you have any prayer requests during this time, please let us know. We will keep everyone in our prayers during these uncertain times. God bless you and yours.
Bridget's Cradles team