When a Project Robby Keepsake Set goes out to a family who has requested it, it has been truly made, chosen, and packaged with love.
After a Project Robby Keepsake Set has been requested, the request then gets added to our waiting list. Right now due to a surge in requests over the past two months, our waiting time from request to shipping is about 10-12 weeks.
We have space on our request form for gestation, gender if known, and any special notes to aid us in choosing a Keepsake Set. Some of the things that we see in the special notes section has to do with colors or specific objects that the family associated with the baby. Many times though, they tell us that anything would be wonderful because they long to have something tangible to hold onto.
I go through and personally read every single request that comes through. I read your name and your special notes. If you tell me about your baby, I read it. There are many times that I cry as I read through some of the stories that come through because I personally know the heartbreak of loss.
My mom and I go through the hats, blankets, and angel wings that our amazing volunteers send in and we take into consideration what colors/objects/special notes or memories were written down in the special notes section. Sometimes we end up holding onto one of the request forms a little bit longer because we don’t have exactly what we feel that they need.
Once we have chosen the perfect set and many times *sets* for the recipient, I sit down and write a note to the recipient of the Project Robby Keepsake Set. Each note I write is done with all of the love in my heart.
I know that our 10-12 week wait time might seem slightly excessive, but please know how much love goes into every single part of this process. Our volunteers pour their heart and souls into the hats, blankets, and angel wings. I have so many women tell me that they pray over the items as they make them. Then, my mom and I pour all that we have into matching the perfect sets for the recipient.
The other reason why our wait time is longer right now has to do with funding. Anyone who submits a Project Robby Keepsake Set request form and then goes and makes a donation (no matter the size) will automatically moves up on the waiting list. Why? Because even a $5 donation is helpful to us! It takes just over $5 (on average) to mail out a boxed set.
Occasionally we will receive a little bit larger donation and the person will say: please not only bump my name, but also bump up someone of your choosing. We will happily do this.
To everyone who makes items for our Keepsake Sets: thank you! We know how much love,time, and money goes into these projects, and we are truly thankful.
To the women who are requesting sets, please know that there is so much love in every single step of this process.