You may remember our homemade greeting cards made from pressed leaves and flower petals, with the message “You Are Loved” artistically rendered inside. The cards were included in humanitarian hygiene packages sent to refugees around the world. The same NGO, Lifting Hands International, combined with our local Church leaders to organize a blanket drive. On a Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we could drop off new blankets, which would be distributed to refugees the world over. After Mom announced told Dad and me that she wanted to participate, she and Dad drove off to Target. Leaning heavily on their shopping carts, they shuffled the miles and miles to the back stacks of the bedding section. Mom picked out a fluffy gray fleece, queen-sized, wrapped in a charcoal ribbon, and brought it home with a smile. Before the day of the drive arrived, the community had already dropped off over 100 blankets. At 11:00, Mom trundled off to her trusty Subaru, hugging her blanket, and drove off to make her contribution. I felt very proud of her. A blanket is a small thing. A thousand blankets are a thousand small things. And every small thing matters. But there is nothing small about my mother’s heart.
(Photo from Lifting Hands International. Used pursuant to the Fair Use doctrine.)
Blanket Drive Update: Lifting Hands International received 414 blankets from Mom’s community for Afghan refugees. Here are photos of the drive organizers and blankets, used with permission.