Hope Boxes began out of a desire to bring support and encouragement to families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss. Pastor Pete and Jenita Naylor have five babies waiting for them in Heaven. Their experience of loss led them to look for a practical way to help a family in their church who had experienced the loss of a baby. When exploring ideas for practical support they found Hope Mommies™ out of Texas, USA. They create Hope Boxes and were very helpful in us creating our own version. One box was made for this local family and this led a small group of women at Riverside Community Church www.riversidenorth.ca to suggest making more Hope Boxes.
In September 2013 Hope Boxes began with prayer and a goal of 10 boxes. Within a month the group had funds to create 20 boxes and Hope Boxes was born. The Hope Box team in Northern Ontario now has a wide range of community and church support, including three hospitals, local funeral homes and clinics. They give on average one hundred boxes out a year, locally and across the country (not including those sent by more than 40 teams/Ambassadors). The Northern Ontario Team gives leadership to Hope Box Team Canada.
Hope Box Canada is willing to ship boxes outside of the area should a request be made, and are happy to connect you to one of our more than 40 team/Ambassador locations across the country, as well.
NOTE: We also have boxes for child loss and perinatal hospice (when your baby is given a terminal diagnosis during pregnancy).