Wins for Kansas: Project Robby

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Project Robby has a special mission:  making sure parents and families have something to hold onto when they no longer can hold their baby.

"We provide bereavement sets for families who have lost a baby, no matter what gestation," says founder Amanda Smith. 

Those sets contain a specially sized hat, blanket and an angel wing. 

"My son Robby he was born prematurely at 23 weeks, and although we cherish the hat the hospital gave us, it was entirely too big for his head. And so that was our inspiration came from."

So Amanda put out a call to action nearly five years ago, asking people to help make these special pieces.

"They are all over the United States and all over the world. We have people in Canada, New Zealand and Australia who send us items for us to give to individuals in hospitals."

Just last year alone, Project Robby has sent out more than 3,000 sets, with more than 1,500 angel babies on their waiting list. 

"We have women contact us even 50 years after their loss as a way to have something to hold on to and to help them find some closure... When you lose a baby, you feel so alone. And it's important for us to let parents know that their baby matters."

To help with their mission, KAKE-TV and our partners DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers are honored to have Project Robby as this week's Wins for Kansas. Click here to nominate a nonprofit group.