The Granville Home of Hope helps fund several non-profits across the valley. One of those is Hinds Hospice Angel Babies. The center offers support to families coping with the sudden death of their baby. They also care for sick babies who have a small chance of surviving. Angela greenwood tells us how the organization helped one family as they lived through their worst nightmare.
"It wasn't that I wanted to kill myself but I didn't want to live and I didn't really actually know how to go on living because of just there was such a whole in my heart."
Linda persons recalls the most devastating and difficult time of her life. Seven years ago, she and her husband tony suffered from the sudden death of their baby boy TJ. Linda was eight months pregnant.
"Went into the doctor and they said that he had died and there wasn't really a reason. We had to actually go through the whole process of giving birth but he was still born.
It was a painful and life changing loss. The persons say they weren't sure how they'd make it through. But then they found their saving grace.
"It is the worst day of your life and having that support...My family was there my parents were there, but the most important person that came was excuse me...Angel babies..."
"Supporting families through that very difficult time as you can imagine they're anticipating this healthy baby and learning that they're not gonna be able to survive."
Hinds hospice angel babies supports about 350 families like the persons, every year. Caring for sick babies, and offering grief and loss counseling services after death, at no cost.
"From their experience and the stories and the experiences from the others that were in the group, we learned how to cope."
The center relies heavily on outside donations to make this support possible. The Granville Home of Hope is one of it's biggest contributors, donating roughly $50,000 a year.
"I can't imagine angel babies not being there for people.
Tony and Linda say the pain of losing TJ will never go away, but because of angel babies, they found the strength to carry on.
"For me and my family, I owe angel babies everything."
"It's lifesavers, um the programs angel babies because you've lost your babies, but they are angels themselves."
You can buy a ticket for the Granville Home of Hope drawing by calling 440-8388, or you can buy them at Gb3 locations, Central Distributing, or the Granville Home offices. The giveaway takes place Saturday, September 29th.