Birth Mother Totes
 
You can make a tote bag or bring items to put in a tote bag to comfort a mother who gives up her baby for adoption. Bring your items to a meeting and/or give them to Evelyn Beussink, who works with the birth mothers during the adoption process at Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri

When a parent chooses adoption for her child, she makes the choice out of love, because she believes it is best for her child. Birth mothers often experience strong feelings of grief and sadness around the loss of their child, leading up to and after their child’s birth. We provide these bags to birth mothers during their hospital stay after their child’s birth, with the hope they will provide some comfort, peace, and help them feel supported. We thank you for helping us provide this nurturing support to parents making adoption plans.
Items for bags:
Canvas/tote Bag
Adult coloring book
Puzzle/crossword book
Colored pencils
Pencil sharpener
Journal
Fuzzy socks
Chapstick
Small lotion
Plastic Document Folder

You probably have patterns.  Any tote will do, but here are some videos for making tote bags:
A learn-to-sew tote bag that would be fun to do with a granddaughter or teach a friend to sew.
Another simple lined tote (but it doesn't have to be lined).
Fancier Jenny Doan totes that makes three totes from one charm pack plus some lining and handle fabric.

Directions that are NOT a video: Marizipan simple tote

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