My eleven-year-old granddaughter, Taylor, has a new mission in life- to collect 365 blankets for the babies in her community who need warmth and love. She is donating the blankets to the Modesto Gospel Mission.
Taylor got the idea for her project after visiting the mission during the holidays. She and her mother helped with the annual Christmas meal and gift distribution. They were assigned to the “infant” table where Taylor says, “We were surprised to see the number of babies that needed blankets, and even more surprised that we ran out of donated blankets so quickly. The majority of parents asked for blankets more often than toys. It is my goal that no baby will be cold in 2010. If you would like to contribute baby blankets for my project, you may email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Of course this Nana will begin collecting blankets immediately, but I suspect we could all participate in our own communities. As Taylor said to me “There are toy and clothing and coat collections, but how many tiny babies get overlooked? They need help too.” A few years ago the ladies of our church made baby quilts for the local pregnancy center. I think it would be a great idea if everyone reading this would check with their local shelters, churches, pregnancy centers, and even daycares and ask if blanket donations are needed. A blanket is a simple thing to make if you crochet, knit, sew, or quilt. It is an inexpensive thing to buy. And used baby blankets are often in excellent shape, especially if a baby was born at the end of winter. Let’s join with Taylor to keep the babies warm!
A few updates:
Hope is safe and sound at home. Katrina is another year older and enjoyed a birthday dinner at her favorite restaurant despite the record snowfall. (Yankees are crazy!!)
I have a new student and also lost a student who moved. My students were all eager to get back to school and see their friends. We had a great first day!