Today my neighbors and I gathered to assemble kits for the girls in Mali. We fly out in four days. I’m excited. I have never participated in a cause like this one. It grabs each of us by the heart and compels us to share and help and give and participate. The excitement of it keeps me awake at night. And it keeps me busy all day, every day. Today the kit assembly lasted more than five hours! We worked until the piles were gone. Hundreds and hundreds of young women and mothers and grandmas and brothers have contributed. And our husbands too, have tolerated fabric and threads strewn throughout our homes. It’s all been a beautiful sight!
I think we will have close to 1000 kits finished. We’ve doubled our goal. Tomorrow I’ll try to fit them all into bags and suitcases and totes. It’s an overwhelming sight to see the mounds of love, the bright beautiful colors, the beautiful stitching. Some of the bags were even embroidered!
This week we hosted 2 more large events–in North Orem and in Springville. I’ll post photos soon of all this goodness. We’ve also made some wonderful purchases and received some generous donations. I simply want to THANK everyone who has been a part of this incredible flood of goodness. Just imagine, 1000 kits made and assembled since my return from Mali last December 2nd! That’s 2000 shields and 8000 liners! Not to mention all the soap, washrags, Ziplocs, and pretty panties all in a drawstring bag.
Bless you all. I love you. I thank you. I wish you could all come along for the fun part–giving these to the beautiful girls and young women in Mali. I’ll post some final numbers when everything is counted.
Now for a few photos from other events this week in Salt Lake, North Orem and in Springville. First Salt Lake City:
Thanks again to each one of you for your labors of love!