Thank you to April Wilkerson of Fort Worth, Texas who put out a video of her making an urn for Garden of Innocence. She challenged all of her DIY woodworker followers to help us to build urns as well. Since her video aired on July 7, 2014, the garden has received over 200 urns from all over the United States.
They are so beautiful and build with such love that we hate to bury them, but with all the babies coming to the gardens, they are wonderful examples of loving beds for them to lie in.
We thank April and all the woodworkers that have sent us urns. We appreciate it so much. Even tho its sad we have to use them, we are so grateful to have your gift to the babies in the gardens.
We send our thanks and gratitute to all the DIY woodworkers across the United States, Canada and England that have build urns for the babies. The outpouring of love and support from them has been overwhelming. Each woodworker is thanked personally and asked if they will allow us to honor them for their gift by asking if they will consider naming a future baby coming to one of the gardens. So far about 20 have chosen to name a baby.
Our postman said he was losing all hope for humanity until he was shown what he was delivering to the home of Elissa Davey, Founder of Garden of Innocence, in Vista, California. Now he's very excited to deliver a package to her front porch, knowing what is inside for a baby to have a place to rest. Amazing!
Chad Nigel of Burnsville, Minnesota made us this beautiful urn with inlaid heart and wood. The babies kept moving his tools. He couldn't figure out why his tools kept dissappearing. Little stinkers know you are doing something special for them. They're kids, they play tricks on you!
Eagle Scout Matthew Penza of New Fairfield, Connecticut did an amazing Eagle Scout project and detailed it from beginning to end. He made us 33 urns. I had to leave most in New York, but we will need them in NJ when we get that garden up and running. Thank you so much Matthew!
George Hollister of Fayetteville, Georgia send the first urns we received with Angels and little feet carved on them. He named a baby Lyle. We are so humbled to receive such a gift. Thank you so much George.
Gloria Morin of Dracut, Maine send us 12 urns. Thank you so much Gloria. She named two babies, Anna and Victor!
Ed Holstien's Urn and his mother - in - laws little Angels
Allan Grant of Woodstock, Georgia send us 12 urns. He said in the Jewish tradition they drill holes in the bottom of the caskets to help them return to the earth quicker and since our babies are already there, he said the urns need to be left unfinished as is tradition. So pretty! Thank you Allan for the education as well. We love them!
Robert Justison of Newark, Delaware send us this beautiful urn. We can't decide how to decorate it...gonna be fun! Thank you Robert!
Daniel Di Biaso of Darien, Illinois made us this sweet urn with little decals on it.
Don Ball of Pittsboro, Indiana with carved Angels on the top. We love them. He named a baby Isaac.
Butterfly urn for baby Gemma made with 3D scrap booking supplies. Got any ideas how we can decorate more urns? Please let us know.
Sand Castle Designs on a wooden Urn. Made with 3D scrap booking supplies
Decorated urns with scrap booking supplies-So pretty!
Decorating urns with Scrap booking material
Daisy's Urn by Jeff and Laurie Bristow is going to go to our garden in Santa Barbara.
Jeff and Laurie Bristow send us this cute urn for the baby they named Daisy after the child they lost when they were first married. We are so excited to get to use this beautiful and meaningful urn.
Eagle Scout Matthew Penza of New Fairfield, CT made us 33 urns. Each had a special label on them.
We feel so blessed to receive all these urns. We hate to have to bury them as they are so beautiful and made with such love.
More urns arrive. The postman has gained back his faith in humanity.
Jerry and Patti Strain of Hernando, Florida have send us urns and blankets. We love them!
Brian had each one of his Scout troop touch his urns so they can relate to his Eagle Scout Project. They are wonderful! Thank you so much Brian of Elk River, California
These urns were made by Brian Sutliff as his Eagle Scout Project. They were used in GOI/Kern for babies Sydney, Christopher, William & Lauren.
Wizard made by Steven Robertso of Winter Park, Florida. Love the wizard, thank you Steven!
This very heavy urn had 18 different woods on it and came from Steven Roberts of Winter Park, Florida. He also carves Wizards!
Jerry and Patti Stain of Hernando, Florida made us hand painted urns. We love the little swings with the heart on the seat. They named two future babies Linton & Danielle.
We received 73 urns in our second wave of urns from the Woodworkers across America. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
This urn had lovely leaves carved into it and hand painted. So beautiful. Its waiting in Santa Barbara for the next baby there! This urn was made by Chase & Sue Burritt of Fort Pierce, Florida
Love the toys carved on this urn from Dave Hebert of Johnstown, New York. We love it!
Tom Pritchard of Madison, Indiana send us this urn with Winnie the Poe on top. He named a baby Michael who will be going in this urn. Thank you Tom!
Tom Jensen fo Barnesville, Minnesota send us this beautiful urn. It had a hinged lid and was lined with felt. So beautiful!
SAW, made all of our urns for our first service in GOI/Sierra in Sacramento. We buried 20 babies our first day there.
This was made by a member of SAW, Sacramento Area Woodworkers and was used for baby Matthew in our first service in GOI/ Sierra in Sacramento. So cute!
Richard Peck of Terry, Montana send us seven urns with Jesus and the children on them. We love them, thank you Richard!
Rachel Danzinger of Monroe, Wisconsin made us this little urn decorated with balloons. Can't wait to find the baby who gets to keep it.
People Who Make Things send us 20 little urns but they were too small to put a baby in a blanket in, so we made banks out of them to give to coroners for their desks so they will remember us. They loved them as much as we did!
We had fun decorating this urn from Daniel Bochanski of Columbus, New Jersey. The baby he named to go in his urn will be named after Gamma. His grandmother he loved so much.
Michael Merkel of Radford, North Carolina send these two beautiful urns.
Michael Gresham of Hampton, Virginia send us beautiful urns and blankets
This beautiful urn was used for Baby Jordans' service in our first service at our newest garden in Ventura, CA. Thank you Larry and Cindy Robinson for giving Jordan his little resting place.
Blankets need to be 8" X 8" in size.
Jonathan Mitchell send his urns from Oregon City, Oregon. Love the dark Walnut one and we get to decorate the blue one. Thank you Jonathan!
Easter colored urns and blankets arrived from Torrance, California from Joe and Lisa Lananjo
Jeff and Laurie Bristow send us urns and blankets from Huntsville, Alabama. This special octogon urn is especially smooth and wonderful
Jeff and Laurie Bristow of Huntsville, Alabama sent this beautiful Sassafrass urn as well as named a baby Daisy after a child they lost.
James Rawlings of Gainsville, Florida made this pretty urn which gives us the opportunity to decorate it. We love the colored ones!
Jack Mulligan of Vacaville, California has made us over ten urns and introduced us to Ken Paulk, the asst. Manager of Home Depot in Vacaville, California. Thank you Jack!
Over ten urns and blankets received from Jerry and Patti Strain of Hernando, Florida
Father Thomas Bailey made us two beautiful Oak urns. He hails from Marion Abbey in Aurora, Illinoise
Ed Holstein's Mother in Law send us tiny crocheted Angels for the babies.
Amazing and beautiful gifts from Woodworkers Across America
Ed Holstein of Georgetown, Texas has send us a number of urns. He chose to name two babies, Caroline and James. Thank you Ed, we love them!
Derek Shaw of Attleboro Falls, Maine sent us two urns with little trains on them. So cute!
Five hearfelt urns from David Harmon of Tampa, Florida
Dave Hebert wanted to name a baby Matthew and send this beautiful urn for him
Beautiful urns with blankets received from Larry Aldrich of Elkton, Virginia
Handpainted tree of life on Daniel Metcalf's urn from Chico, California
Three beautiful urns from Dale Moulton of Kiawah Island, South Carolina
These urns have baby stensils on them from Larry and Rhonda Crouch of Mayfield, Kentucky
Cordell Hauglie made us 12 urns from Seattle, Washington
Dark Walnut urn by Chris Pino of Madison, Indiana
Urn made of Sassafrass by Jeff and Laurie Bristow of Huntsville, Alabama
All babies cremains are wrapped in handmade 8"x8" blankets. If room, we add their beanie baby toy in with them
Awesome urns by Chris Lelong of Manchester Township, New Jersey
Angel urn by Dave Hebert of Johnstown, New York
Christopher, William, Sydney and Loren had to go back in the vault for the night. The toys looked so board!