Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a time to gather with family, enjoy a special meal, and, hopefully, to thoughtfully give thanks.
I received an email on Sunday that I want to share with you. It’s from the lady who sees that my usual ripple blankets make their way to foster children. My occasional smaller lap-robes find homes during the monthly bingo nights she organizes at a nearby nursing home. I am so thankful to take part in these special programs. The rewards I receive in return are immeasurable.
The email (shared with author’s permission) ~ ~
I want to share something recently that happened and I only hope that you are ok with the decision I made…I think I know you and your heart and you will be ok, but I wanted to run it by you and let you know how your wonderful gift of talent made someone very happy.
There is a wonderful lady who comes to bingo at the nursing home each month. Over the past six months she has had surgeries on her head and this last time she came to bingo she was losing a lot of her hair. I have not asked, but we can surmise what is going on with this special lady.
Well, there is also an older man who comes, who is just super. He is one who is very “with it” and enjoys many of the prizes, but sometimes it is more difficult to find things for him. You donated the lap blanket and I gave it to him when he won. He was so very happy to receive it as a prize.
After bingo was over, the lady I mentioned above, who was sitting next to the man, called me over and in a very unusual tone expressed how unhappy she was that she didn’t get a blanket too. She was quite upset and obviously I only had the one. I told her that I would come back over the weekend and bring her a blanket and she left very happy.
I hope it was ok, but today I brought her a light blue and white colored blanket that you made…it was so very soft. When I showed up in her room, she was sleeping, but when she woke up and saw me with the blanket…she was soooo happy! I think she almost didn’t believe that I would come back. She showed me how her roommate had a blanket on her bed and said how much she had wanted one.
She said she had family visit from Virginia yesterday and she told them all about bingo and showed them all the prizes she has won. Linda…this lady is enjoying your blanket and happy that she has one like her roommate. The blue color also matched the bedspread she had!
I hope you are ok with this. This is the first blanket I donated this way as I always give your blankets to children in foster care. I just felt a tug in my heart and it is because of you and your talent that we were able to make her happy and comfortable, when she is obviously very sick.
Thank you Linda!!
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and I count you as one of my blessings my friend! Take care!
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Of course, I wrote back to say that following her heart’s tug was exactly the right thing to do. I can only hope that every blanket I make brings as many smiles to its recipient as the blankets in this story did! 😀
Thank you, my dear readers, for sharing your stories with me, in blog comments, emails and in Ravelry. I get very excited when you tell me that you’re crocheting your first ripple blanket, beginning a charity project of your own, or that you’ve made a commitment to do more charity craftwork in general, because you read about my ripple project here! I’m thrilled when you tell me you’re going to follow my example and look for yarn in your local thrift stores! To know that an idea I shared is rippling outward (aren’t I punny? lol.) through you makes me very happy.
Thank you for all the encouragement you give me, not only to keep crocheting for charity, but to keep blogging about it.
I hope you’ll take a long moment to give thanks for all that’s good in your life, whether it’s “Thanksgiving Day” tomorrow where you are, or not. Say thank you to a few extra people. It’s a simple thing, costs nothing, and it spreads happiness!
Happy thanks giving!!