Infants Remembered Through Memory Box Program

Her name is Olivia Grace Venegas – a tiny infant who was loved immensely in her short life and will be loved forever. She was born at Community Memorial Hospital on April 12, 2012, and lived a brief 17 minutes. But the meaning of someone’s life can’t be judged by its length.

Beautiful Olivia Grace inspired her parents, Toby and Sarah, to celebrate her life each April when they invite friends and family to contribute to a fund through which Community Memorial Hospital can purchase some very special Memory Boxes to give to parents who suffer the loss of an infant. These boxes are filled with cherished mementos such as the infant’s foot or hand print; a pin of tiny baby feet for the parents to wear; a bracelet for the mother; and a picture of the infant wrapped in a tiny blanket.

This year, the Venegas family came to CMH with their 1-year-old son and presented Megan Rodarte (far right), Director of Maternal Child Health, and Christine Stella (far left), Manager of Labor and Delivery, with a check for $655 to purchase Memory Boxes.