Yesterday I was up in the Bronx delivering Quilts & Coats to the Women's rehab center I visited last year. A new group of women and their kids all in one place.
All. in. one. place. together.
while the moms get clean and sober.
Love this stuff!
You may recall my visit last year to this center, see old post here.
A couple of the women were still in the program, and the kids were thriving. Many new faces, and many new babies received coats, baby snowsuits, and quilts... The babies were just to much for me...
This sweet girl below, was all smiles, and had me by the finger! Sweet!
(like my rooster tail?? LOL! my hair is sticking up!)
This sweetheart next to me, 10 years old, I met her last year with her mom. She came up to me and asked, "How does it feel to get these quilts from strangers from all over the world, and then come give them to us?"
I said, "It's the best thing ever, it warms my heart that people take the time to make it, and send it. So it's my job to make sure they go to sweet girls like herself, who ask great questions like that!"
"Someone helped me once," (23 years in recovery thank you very much) I said, "and I learned that I had to pass that help on to others. Maybe one day you would do the same, when you grow up."
She said, yes, she thought she would.
I nearly burst into tears right there, but before I could, she threw her arms around me, and gave me three big, HUGE, hugs.
I rcvd so many hugs and many more thank you's today... If I ever meet all of you who sent in quilts over the past two years, I owe ya a BIG FAT HUG and a Thank you!!
So watch out. A hug may be coming your way!
ALL the pictures from yesterday are at the flickr page. Click here.
For the moment, We (BumblebeansBASICS.com) have stopped gathering quilts.
We're focusing on delivering what we have. We've delivered the goal of
700 quilts for Acacia Network,
and the 1,500 Hurricane Sandy quilts.
We have some put aside for a couple other programs within the Acacia Network. The org has picked up another new facility, for families dealing with mental illness, and continues to bring in more families through their transitional housing program. All of their programs, are based on getting families out of shelters.
I am, also, working on a couple other projects right now, so hang tight...
To do list: update website, organize a few other events, get details worked out for other "calls for help"
When I have another need for quilts, You'll be the first to know!
We should also have a clip from NEWS12 shortly, as they interviewed us and covered the event. I knew I must have done something right when the Bronx Press newsman, came up at the end and hugged me. He said he was so thankful he got to cover today's event, and that we were all doing a very special and good thing.
Yes, I have to agree.
We are all doing a good thing!