Photo Storage Boxes are ideal for use as the memory boxes we hand out to moms that have a loss. These boxes, advertised as “photo storage” boxes come from craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabric. On a regular basis, these boxes are priced at a discount (e.g., 4/$10.00 or 50% off the regular sale rate) which is the best time to buy several at a time. The boxes typically measure: Length 10 3/4 x Width 7 3/8 x Height 4 1/4. Boxes can be purchased plain or decorative. Soft, warm, or neutral colors such as pink, light blue, white, beige, ivory, lavender are best options.
We try to avoid the following color/styles:
Dark or primary colors such as black, grey, dark blue, red, orange
Phrases and wording, i.e "Life is like a box of chocolates"
Cartoons or caricatures, i.e "unicorns", "Mickey Mouse"
Please donate the boxes as is and our team of memory box volunteers will add custom decorating touches. If you’d like to be a part of this team, let us know. You are also welcome to write a short note, introducing yourself and perhaps telling a little bit of your story that we can photocopy and place in each of the boxes you donate.
The Atlanta hospital campus uses ~200 boxes per year and the other two campuses use about 20 boxes each per year.
Donations can be dropped off at any of our three Northside Women’s center locations; however, we’d love to arrange a time that we are in the office and can accept your donation and say “thank you” in person. If you are only available to make your donation after hours, please leave us a message. Also, please put a note on your package that says Attn: H.E.A.R.T.strings office.
Memory Box Decorating
We invite you to decorate memory boxes with us! You can do this at home and bring them in or schedule a time to volunteer in our office to decorate boxes. Any patient that has a loss at Northside Hospital receives a memory box to hold keepsakes they collect during the often brief time they spend with their baby. It is such a special touch when patients receive a box that has been uniquely decorated. Click on the button below to see examples of decorated boxes.