Did you know October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month? Did you know that one in four pregnancies ends in a loss?
When I started volunteering for Jalen’s Gift Foundation, I had no idea just how many babies are taken too soon. Yeah, I have heard the statistic. In fact, I AM the statistic. I have had four pregnancies and one ended in miscarriage very early in my pregnancy. But when you put those numbers into real life and attach them to real faces, its heartbreaking. Its hard to fathom that so many people are experiencing this pain, but no one wants to talk about it or bring attention to it. The silence doesn’t ease the pain, but people are afraid to talk about it.
So for the month of October, I CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Consider volunteering or donating to Jalen’s Gift Foundation. JGF is a local pregnancy and infant loss support group (and so much more). They have touched the lives of so many in the valley. Last weekend, JGF hosted a “Every Heartbeat Counts” walk. Friends and family came together to take steps for babies that will never have the opportunity.
The Wave of Light is a worldwide event on October 15th that honors babies taken too soon. Jalen’s Gift will be hosting a local vigil for Angel families to come together and light a candle for their babies. If you are interested in volunteering your time or services for a great cause, please contact Gaby or Jerome Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org). There are so many opportunities to make a difference, this is just the next upcoming event!