James' Gift began in 2015 by Taylor Colson Horton as a simple nod to honor her son James Wesley Horton. It is a culmination of immense love and vast grief.
Like so many women, the road to motherhood was navigated with the burden of infertility. After many years, with medical assistance, Taylor Colson, and her husband Micah were humbly blessed with their precious son James Wesley. In their third trimester, without complication nor explanation, James had passed. The devastation was most crippling.
While in the hospital preparing to labor, they were presented with several gifts. One being their exceptional medical team who eased an unfathomable experience. The senior nurse had a heart finely tuned to help women deliver their stillborn children. This nurse was the one who walked them through the process of James' delivery, and at this stage presented them with a small box. It was a container of items: baby blankets, clothing, small tokens of handmade love from other mothers with angel babies.
There is no easy road to navigate loss, especially one that is so delicate and full of hope. It is simply excruciating. However, the items that were gifted have come to mean a great deal. They have provided a tangible comfort. A little after James' first birthday, the concept of this organization began. It started as a way to honor James, and quickly became an answer to a need. The local hospitals have a wonderful program in place, and are equipped to handle to every situation. James' Gift would be an added comfort to those families grieving.
We are a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization partnered with Centennial Women and Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. We are dedicated to providing families who are suffering a loss with a gift of comfort. It is understood that these items will hold different values for each family. Some may never open it. Our hope is that this gift will provide solace to the family knowing that they are not alone and that their child was indeed precious.
The common thread among us all is that we have our hardships, and at some stage will experience loss. Our journeys and experiences are never the same, but they are akin in that we all know the pain and suffering of grieving. we hope to love and comfort each other with the same magnitude.