My name is Vivian,  some friends and I founded Butterfly Moon in 2014. Butterfly Moon is a Not for Profit 501 (c)(3) organization that was created in loving memory of my daughter Isabella Moon and all babies gone too soon. We are made up of a dedicated group of bereaved parents and friends that want to ensure the bereavement programs at our targeted hospitals are fully funded and able to support the families that are forced to live through this devastating, life altering event. We also provide financial support to other groups who share our vision and mission.

Who

We are made up of a group of bereaved parents, friends and family members. A group of nine founded and created this group in 2014.

why

On a small but meaningful scale we want to make a difference and have an impact in easing the pain of families who are faced with this tragedy. Borrowing from our own experiences, we see where improvements can be made.

where

We are partnering with local hospitals in Western New York. Starting with the highest impacted hospitals in the area and working our way out. Our goal is to provide support to all hospitals in Western New York.

beginnings

 

After my loss I needed something to make my life feel worthwhile again. I had family and friends rallying for me, but that wasn't enough, the person who I was died along with my daughter and I needed to rebuild myself. After some years of thinking about how to turn my grief into action, I assembled a group of friends to try and make an impact.  We are tied by the bond of grief. We each have a different story,  tied to (our) babies, but who we still and will always continue to love and remember. We know first hand how important it is to have the right resources available for support when something so tragic happens. We aim to help provide those resources to hospitals, organizations and families through our fundraising efforts, so that they can provide a more nurturing and peaceful experience to families faced with this devastating of loss.

 

 

Basket Raffles

Rob's Comedy Club 2016

Rob's Comedy Club 2016

The month of October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Each year during the month of October we host a basket raffle fundraiser. All proceeds are dedicated to   fund and support the bereavement programs across Western New York. Our first basket raffle took place in 2014 and we have had one every year since we have been in existence.

Other Events

Besides our basket raffles we host a multitude of other events throughout the year. We host a vendor and craft fair, working groups where we assemble memory boxes to be delivered to hospitals. We partner with local business such as Barnes and Noble (wrapping gifts for the holidays) and local restaurants such as Panera's. These business give us a portion of the proceeds that are raised on a specific date that is mutually agreed upon.

Studio Hue 2016

Studio Hue 2016

 

Butterfly Moon's Bottles for Books

Our organization has also partnered with Bottle Junction. You can help the earth by recycling and help Butterfly Moon raise funds to support families as well. Butterfly Moon uses the funds from recycling to purchase books for local hospitals and care facilities. Visit us on Facebook to find out locations.

 

What is our money used for?

Our goals are simple, they are to  serve and to ensure that grieving families are taken care of and that hospitals can support them. To date the funds we have raised and the monies that have been donated to us have been used to purchase cuddle cots and all accessories(to date we have placed cuddle cots in Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and Niagara Memorial Hospital), purchase supplies to create memory boxes, purchase all the items to go in memory boxes,  purchase books for hospitals and care facilities. We have provided for families that were struggling to find the means to give their children a proper burial or service. We are striving to be present as much as we can in people's lives in order to make sure that they know they are not alone and that we care!

Women and Children's hosptial of Buffalo presentation of cuddle cot.

Women and Children's hosptial of Buffalo presentation of cuddle cot.

Millard Fillmore Suburban cuddle cot presentation.

Millard Fillmore Suburban cuddle cot presentation.

Niagara Memorial Hospital presentation of cuddle cot and Moba basket.

Niagara Memorial Hospital presentation of cuddle cot and Moba basket.

 

 for more information on our basket raffles and other events like and join our FB page at

https://www.facebook.com/butterflymoon2014

 

We Remember

"the babies born sleeping. those we carried but never held, those we held but could not take home, those who came home but could not stay."   October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Butterfly Kiss Fund

The Butterfly Kiss Fund was established in 2016. It was established to provide financial support to families in Western New York who have experienced the loss of their child. That can mean providing funds for burial, cremation or memorial expenses. If you are interested in more information or an application please email us at fundraising.gals@gmail.com.

Donate/Contact Information

We are so grateful for all of the support we have received. We cannot do this without your donations. Whether you choose to donate to a specific event or donate to our mission, your donation will be put to good use. You can also ear mark the monies you are donating by indicating what you would like us to do with the funds.

To donate you can send a check to:

Butterfly Moon, inc

PO Box 823

Getzville, New York 14068

 

Contact us:

fundraising.gals@buffalo.edu

https://www.facebook.com/butterflymoon2014