Gone but not Forgotten

A year ago, Gaby Foster and her family were excitedly expecting the family's first little boy. Sadly, little Jalen was born sleeping at 25 weeks due to a common bacteria known as Group B Strep. Of course, Gaby and her family was heartbroken and forever changed, but in her grief, this mother decided that in her son's memory, she would create a way to help other families deal with such devastation. Thus was born, Jalen's Gift Foundation. 

Gaby reached out to AOK to see if we could help with their first ever event, and after meeting with this inspirational woman, I could not say anything but, "Of course." 


"Jalen's Gift Foundation's "Gone but Not Forgotten Vigil" is a day to honor, remember and celebrate our babies that have been lost in pregnancy or infancy. This event will not only promote awareness on such tragic loss, but also bring the community together to grieve as one. There are no words to explain such loss. No one should have to grieve alone. "


Tonight, we will need committed, enthusiastic volunteers to help with registration, ushering, distribution of luminaries, raffle sales and filling balloons with helium for the vigil. 

Although the event starts at 6pm, we ask that you arrive at 5PM to familiarize yourself with the event and to be assigned a position. Please gather at registration.  

I always ask that you RSVP with integrity, but it is especially important tonight. This is an inaugural event to help a group of special families. I do not want to let them down. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

For more information on Jalen's Gift, please visit: http://www.jalensgift.org/

 

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  • Gabriela F.

    Thank you to all the volunteers that came to help. Every kind gesture helped us with our event. You guys stepped up and really helped with the balloons.. They were a mess lol. I appreciate your support more than you'll ever know. This event was only a dream until last night. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to say bye to all of you. You are truly appreciate it! Love, Jalen's Gift Foundation

    3 · October 16, 2013

    • Mary-Beth

      Thank you, Miss Gabriela. You are an amazing woman who is an inspiration to us all. I look forward to working with you in the future.

      October 16, 2013

  • Ash

    Sorry I could not get there earlier than 5, as I had originally planned. But work emergency kept me from leaving. Glad I did make it eventually.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Sharon W.

    I had to change my rsvp to not coming. My mom fell and broke her hip. Just had surgery today. I am so sorry I can't be there. Was looking forward to being a part of this.

    October 14, 2013

    • Sharon W.

      Thank you I will. She's a tough lady and doing good. So sorry that I couldn't make this. It's something that I have been thru.

      October 15, 2013

    • Mary-Beth

      Oh Sharon, I am so sorry. Maybe you can connect with Gaby sometime soon. I hope that AOK will be a longtime partner with Jalen's Gift Foundation.

      October 16, 2013

  • Amanda

    I'm not going to RSVP as of right now, because I just don't know what Tuesday will bring. So if anything, I'll be able to know as time gets closer.

    October 9, 2013

    • Amanda

      Thanks. I just got off of work, and by the time I'd get there it'll be after 7. Wish I could join ya'll, but I'll have to be there in spirit instead.

      October 15, 2013

    • Mary-Beth

      Next time, Amanda. You are a great volunteer.

      October 16, 2013

  • Lynn

    First time event: a little disorganized, too many volunteers for the jobs available

    October 15, 2013

    • Mary-Beth

      Please understand that this is truly a grassroots organization that has only been in existence for three months primarily with the help of family and friends. I know that it can be frustrating to volunteer and feel like you are not helping, but I am sure that knowing that they had the volunteers support was comforting to the family. A first time event is always a learning experience, and overall, this was an amazing night that truly gave grieving families a chance to remember and honor their babies. Thank you so much for coming out to help, and I surely hope that we see you again soon.

      3 · October 16, 2013

  • jeannie

    Super happy to assist at this event.

    October 16, 2013

    • Mary-Beth

      Always happy to have you with us, Jeannie. Love your positive attitude and big smile.

      October 16, 2013

  • Debbie G.

    A great organization. I had no idea that there were no support groups for those who have lost a child in pregnancy or infantcy. Very sad.

    2 · October 15, 2013

    • Mary-Beth

      Thank you for your help tonight. Thankfully, Jalen's Gift will fill that void. AOK will continue to help whenever we can

      October 15, 2013

  • Mary-Beth

    Thank you to everyone who came out. I was very impressed by the turn out. Hard to be believe that Jalen's Gift is only a few months old. I suspect that they will have a huge impact on our community.

    4 · October 15, 2013

  • Mary-Beth

    Thank you to each and every one of you for taking time out of your schedule to help with this wonderful, much needed organization. I know that your help will mean so much to Jalen's family. I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow night.

    October 14, 2013

  • jeannie

    Hi AOK, I just noticed that the start time is 5pm. I can't be there quite that early but, Mary-Beth based on your response below, I will assume you can still use the help even tho my arrival time will be after 5pm. See you soon! :)

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to help, but I wouldn't be able to make it until 6:00 pm.

    October 9, 2013

    • Mary-Beth

      Bea, we would love to have you. Please get there when you can.

      October 13, 2013

  • Mary-Beth

    Jessica, it will be so nice to see you agai.

    October 7, 2013

  • Gabriela F.

    Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers that will be supporting our cause. I can't wait to meet you all! There is not dress code. Causal attire is fine.

    October 7, 2013

  • Tanya

    Hi MB! This sounds great! I will be there as close to 5PM as possible. Is there a dress code? Thank you for setting this up!

    October 2, 2013

    • Mary-Beth

      No worries. Drive safely. Always happy to have my Tanya on board.

      October 3, 2013

  • Mary-Beth

    I can always count on you, Marc

    September 30, 2013

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