Regina Binz started the Holy Sews ministry at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2008 to provide Arkansas hospitals with clothes designed to fit stillborn babies.
In April 2007, she and her husband found out their baby no longer had a heartbeat. Ryan was delivered stillborn at 17 weeks.
The clothing the nurses had was much too big for him. She knew she wanted to do something, so another mother didn’t have to experience that.
Binz grew up on a farm, learning to sew from a great aunt.
Binz’s mother was in an Extension Homemakers Club and helped her work out designs. The tunic design took close to a year to develop.
Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church helped Binz in the ministry, providing meeting space, support and funds to buy supplies. As word got out about the program, others joined in to help. They were able to create a website, http://holysews.org, to spread the word.
The group provides area hospitals with a layette, which they then give to mothers in a keepsake box. The set includes a tunic, cap, blanket and tiny teddy bear. There is no charge, and each set is blessed before it is donated. To date more than 900 sets have been set out.