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Updated: 2/18/2014 10:15 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- It’s an unimaginable loss for any parent to lose a child.

“The last thing you think about when you hear that you’ve lost your baby or your baby will not live long after delivery is what am I going to dress my baby in,” said Social Worker Christy Whitley.

Kathy McKay knows the emotions that come attached to such a loss first hand.

“35 years ago when I had a still born child, this was not offered and it would have been something that would have, I guess made me feel better to bury my child in clothes," said McKay.

But today, thanks to the hands and hearts of a group of volunteers known as Heirlooms Angels, whether parents have 8 minutes or 8 hours with their child, they’ll be dressed in a beautiful hand made gown fit just for them.

“A lot of these losses that occur early on, you can’t just run out to Babies R Us and buy outfits that are small enough for these early losses, so the ministry that these ladies... doing for our community is irreplaceable,” said Whitley.

Time is not the only thing being donated, all the materials to make the gowns were donated as well.

“These are lovingly made for someone very special," said Katy Pizza, owner of Heirlooms Forever.

Pizza also organized the group of volunteers.

“Everyone has a special talent and you need to give back this one way. I might not experience this tragedy in my life but I know I’m helping someone else through it.”

With each stitch, the volunteers hope they can make a devastating situation a bit more bearable.
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