This past week has brought packages and boxes nearly every day! Angels are busy doing God's work, and I thought of the quote up top as I photographed all the yarny goodness tonight -- so true! And there is such a diversity of goodness -- so let's get started!
Angel Illiana Stark from Chicago brought by the boxes of spa bag goodies up top, PLUS some wonderful yarny goodness:
And just look at this lovely shawl/hat combo -- Illiana stitched part of the shawl together to make a hood. She chose marvelous yarn -- it has a very subtle metallic gold thread running through it, for a lovely bit of bling. I think I'll be saving this for our fundraiser! Thank you, Illiana!
Angel Cathy Falkenstein from Loomis, CA has been very busy, too:
She found this adorable flannel toddler dress at her local fabric store for only $2 -- and immediately thought of the families we serve. I think it will be perfect for one of the little toddler girls we serve at Parenting ProGRESS!
She also sent these lovely spa cloths -- I just love her signature colored borders around her cloths. And so colorful on a VERY grey Chicago day. Thank you, Cathy, for sending some California color our way!
Angel Dianna Overall of the Happy Charity Klickers of Loogootee, IN have been VERY busy -- she sent us a BIG box just full of love:Hats and scarves for people of ALL ages -- just perfect for our friends at Cornerstone Community Outreach's homeless shelters.
Baby blankets for our newborns at Swedish Covenant Hospital, along with the adorable Pooh hat and mittens for the kids at Parenting ProGress. And spa cloths for the moms at Swedish Covenant Hospital!
And just look at this wonderful comfort afghan -- can't you see one of our senior men at Cornerstone's Friendly Towers wrapped up in it? Thank you, Klickers, one and all! You are AWESOME!
And there was more! Angel Kanani Caauwe has been getting practically everyone she knows knitting and crocheting for us -- including the "elderlies" in her family! And the things they came up with:
Is it possible to lust after a colorway?? I think I've fallen in love with the colorway of the yarn of that scarf in the center. I've not seen it before, but it is gorgeous!
Just look at those red scarves on the right for the Red Scarf Project! Whoo hoo! And all these hats, scarves, and spa cloths -- perfect for those we serve at homeless shelters.
But here come the best yet:
Bears for the Mother Bear Project!!! Aren't they just the cutest?!?!? And look at that precious toddler sweater -- the buttons match perfectly! Thank you, Kanani; Bonnie Witowski from Evergreen Park, IL; Marie Caauwe; and Barbara Hunssinger! You do EXCELLENT work!
Last Thanksgiving/Christmas season, our church had its annual Giving Thanks Offering. Each year a different group or organization is picked to benefit from the funds raised in the effort. This time, our church leadership decided to split the offering between five ministries that our church has personal ties to: the North Park Friendship Center, Leland House (one of the shelters run by Cornerstone), A Just Harvest, JustFood (an effort by our sister church, Resurrection Covenant, to grow food during the summer to sell to raise money for outreach programs - our church grows food on our front lawn for them), and us! On Monday, Pastor Greg distributed the checks, and each of us got a whopping $744!! So you all just be doing SOMETHING in God's way, because with this check and the money we raised at our fundraiser, we have enough funds to handle all our shipping and yarn costs for the WHOLE YEAR!! HOORAY!!!It really is true, you know -- God has provided amazingly through your sharing of your stashes, sales and coupons whenever I have to buy yarn for you, bags of "spa innards," and funds to purchase that yarn and ship your yarny goodness around the world. I have learned not to worry in that regard -- over the past ten years, whatever we have needed has been provided in abundance. So keep doing what you are doing, Angels! You are indeed doing God's work here on earth! Bless you all!