She called and said she was bringing us several bags of knitted and crochet items that she, and fellow hand-crafters from their knitting/crochet groups, had made for Hugs and Kisses. I imagined grocery-sized bags filled with these helpful goodies, and was rather excited to see the creative things that would come. But when my friend arrived, she had with her three huge shopping bags that were overflowing with incredibly beautiful gifts. My jaw dropped, and I was rather overwhelmed and speechless as we pulled out the numerous hats and scarves that had been made for the needy children, the homeless, and others in need of warmth, as well as a few toasty lap blankets for residents of nursing homes.
The generous amounts of time that these beautiful pieces represent are simply incredible. Can you just imagine the faces of those who receive these gifts? A number of whom will probably have never received something handmade before. What an incredible blessing! We are so thankful for all the things that have been made that we at The Encouragement Project can now pass along to the people who need them. It’s absolutely fantastic!
The Wooly Goal
We issued a challenge earlier this first year to have donations of 100 hats (kisses) and scarves (hugs) that we could give away this winter. As we have been collecting things from various people and groups over the past months, we have scarcely taken the time to stop and count the gifts. But now, as we are preparing to share these things with their intended recipients before/as the weather turns cold, we discover that we have had 176 items given. Incredible!! The organizations we are giving these donations to are... Mission to Serve, for the needy in Romania (11 hugs/kisses), The Craddock Center, for low income children (46), the homeless (85), pregnancy centers (16), nursing homes (18).
Do you like to knit or crochet? Or do you know someone who does? We would love to encourage you (and your friends) to be a part of this ministry by making hats and scarves for the needy of all sizes and in so many places. The more we have, the more we can share! It is such a blessing to be a part of blessing others in this way! Would you join us!?