Doing or Being
"In the end, the most important thing is not to do things for people who are poor and in distress, but to enter into relationship with them, to be with them and help them find confidence in themselves and discover their own gifts."
- Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.142
As January 21st was our launch day for this endeavour I thought you might like to know how it went.
In the relaxed atmosphere of drinking coffee and tea with goodies, we shared our stitching stories. There were 3 volunteers and one participant. The participant had a hard time deciding on which blanket to choose and in the end she chose her favourite colour, being the purple one. They are all so beautiful. One volunteer worked closely with the participant in showing the blanket stitch.
Although we only had one participant, one of the volunteers came up with an idea for making the numbers grow. The Chaplaincy staff hope to implement the idea which is to show photos of participants (with their approval) with their work in progress or just the work in progress. As there are many residents and their children that come to the Chaplaincy Unit they will see the photo on the bulletin board which hopefully will spark their interest. Chantal who has been instrumental in getting the London Modern Quilt Guild, Canada going, reminded me that it took awhile to grow our Guild. Thanks for the reminder.
A big thank you to all who have contributed to this project by sewing the blankets and contributing supplies. Your gift of time, your suggestions and your support are much appreciated.