Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.Thanks to all who left such supportive comments on my post yesterday. Isn't it a good feeling when you realize that you aren't alone in your thoughts? It looks like many of us are ready to start 2013 by using what we already have to make our quilts. I can't wait!
-- Barbara Bush
-- Barbara Bush
So now I am here to write the post I was supposed to write yesterday--Margaret's Hope Chest 2013 Projects!
We have three major projects that we are looking at for 2013:
1. Wrapped in Hope--Quilts for children with a parent in prison. We have committed to providing quilts for three camps in Michigan in 2013. We need about 60 quilts for each camp--so we will need about 180 kid themed quilts!!! The dates for the camps are April 4th, July 26th and September 13th.
We will not be creating a birthday quilt list this year for two reasons--1. God hasn't given us any children to add to it (that's a pretty big reason). 2. Things in my family life are a bit up in the air and will continue to be so until the adoption of our daughter is complete. The organization of the birthday list takes time and access to my home computer--both of which I will be short of over the next 8 months. I am sure that we will get requests for specific birthday quilts this year and I will post those on the blog when they come up.
We are asking that those of you who have, in the past, made a quilt for the Wrapped in Hope birthday list, choose a quilt(s) off of this year's list and send it to our address in Michigan. The 2013 list will be ready by next week--I will post a link to it here on the blog. These quilts will go to a child with a parent in prison.
2. Postpartum Quilts--This project is so new that I don't even have a catchy name for it yet! Maybe someone out there has a suggestion. We have agreed to provide quilts for new moms who have completed inpatient treatment for postpartum depression. These quilts are not for the babies--they are for the moms. I had postpartum depression/anxiety after my 3rd and 4th child. It was pretty terrible to be perfectly honest-especially after my 3rd child because it seemed to come out of nowhere. I hadn't really had anything to this degree after my 1st and 2nd so it was a total shock to be virtually useless-sitting in a chair crying all day and awake and worrying all night. I am so glad that in my hometown, there is a place where women can go to get help. I am so glad that God is giving us a chance to give these ladies a quilt--a little piece of HOPE from other moms who know all too well (or could imagine) what they are going through. I am working on my first quilt for this program right now. Can't wait to show it and give you all of the details soon (including a program name).
3. Project Hope-- I had a great time organizing four Project Hope collections last year. It was a fun way for many people to get involved in a small way. I have decided to go ahead and plan 3 projects this year. More details to come on that too.
So, as you can see--God has led us to a new project and given us more work to do in areas where we have already been able to make a big difference. We are confident that God has given us these projects and that he will give us the volunteers we need to complete them. Thank you to all who will say YES to one or more of this year's projects.