When our paths crossed last year, we knew we wanted to join this amazing couple, Katie & Brian Benden, in honoring their son, Beau. Their precious son was stillborn and they have worked tirelessly to honor him by helping others. When Katie and Brian learned that there were babies in Africa using rags and plastic bags for diapers, they created Beau’s Bundles to help these babies.
Katie designed a great bag and family, friends, co-workers and others filled them with cloth diapers, plastic pants, socks, light blankets and onesies. St. Casimir’s Catholic School collected items to fill bags as part of their outstanding community outreach. Kim Dewalt had friends fill bags in lieu of a 50th birthday gift. Members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry of Sacred Heart Parish in Glyndon, Marylee McCusker, Lee Ann Walsh and many of their family and friends made over 300 comfort dolls that were included in the bags.
Our team of 17 traveled to Africa with over 150 Beau’s Bundles Bags and more than 300 “mini Beau’s Bundles.” We delivered Beau’s Bundles, mini bundles and supplies to Mt. Meru Hospital and the Nungwi Village Hospital were babies are born into extreme poverty each day. We went into vulnerable areas to give out bags to moms with babies. At Mama Jane’s Orphanage, we dedicated a nursery in Beau’s honor and stocked it with supplies including Beau’s Bundles.
We will continue to work with Katie and Brian to honor their son. On July 27th, Scott’s cousin, Ben Solomon, held a spaghetti dinner as part of his Eagle Scout Project. He collected supplies for moms and babies to fill Beau’s Bundles that will be given to the Birthright Pregnancy Center of Bel Air. Katie and Brian’s friends and family joined in filling the bundles and helped the SWLF raise funds with a raffle and auction. The funds raised by SWLF will be used to purchase a “Caring Cradle” for stillborn babies in Beau’s memory that will be donated to a local hospital.
If you want to help Beau’s Bundles directly, you can reach out to Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org. We know that Beau and Scott are smiling that their families have been brought together.