The Memory Box Artist Program, Inc. began in June of 1998 as
an all volunteer effort to provide boxes for families of newborns
that pass-away in a hospital. The Memory Box is given to the
parents of the child so they do not leave the hospital without
any acknowledgment of the child's life. The boxes are filled
with mementos of the child, i.e. photograph, footprints, lock
of hair, etc.
To date, the program has provided over 113,000 boxes for infant
bereavement programs. The boxes are provided free of charge
to the hospitals who participate in this program. Each box is
painted or decorated by volunteers who purchase the boxes and
other supplies with their own funds, and then mail them to the
appropriate hospital without any expectation of compensation.
The purpose of the program is to affirm the life of their child
for the family who has suffered the loss of a newborn. Crafters
and artists create each box with great love and a sincere wish
to reach out in support and understanding. We know each infant
is special and loved very much, regardless of how long the child
The Memory Box Artist Program received nonprofit designation
from the IRS in July, 2003. In January 2009 the program was
transferred to Tole Friends Association for administrative purposes.
It will be known as Tole Friends Memory Box Program from this
date. Tole Friends is a registered Utah corporation.
The program is "all volunteer", and all donated funds
are used for the program.