Thursday, December 1, 2011
The students in my class were introduced to twenty-one clients -- infants, children, teenagers -- who have been taken from their parents because of abuse and neglect. We learned their names, ages, and a few details about them, like their favorite colors. Today twenty-one items made especially for them were donated by customers at our fundraising sale. Over and over again, throughout the day, customers cut a piece of yarn connecting the item they bought from the item that we made for the client -- a hat separated from a hat, a scarf from a scarf, a blanket from a blanket. And then they put the client's handmade object in the donation box. Softly it filled. At the end of the day, our gift box was full, and the generosity of the crafters and the buyers alike was spilling over. The sum is far more than twenty-one.