May we someday hear the words "well done" because others have felt His touch and love through our hands and feet and know they are important and special to Him.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring has SPRUNG! And so did the ACH delivery...

I got up early, before the sun, April 1 for our April sewing day.  There was a big stack of shirts to get ironed.  They had been sewn together at our March sewing meeting, trimmed, turned, and now just needed ironed so they could be closed up and snaps added.  Closed up means a person hand sewing the opening between the two layers of fabric closed.  I knew I had ladies coming with hand sewing skills.  And, I was thankful as this is not my area of expertise.  To be honest, most sewing skills are not my area of expertise....  Fortunately, God fills in those gaps with others!

I looked at the big stack, it was about double the normal amount we had done in 2016 each quarter.  I was floored we had done so many.  But, this also meant that with only a few of us, many of the shirts would simply not get done in time for the delivery to the CVICU at Arkansas Children's Hospital.  It just wasn't possible.  I took in a deep breath and told myself it was OK, that God provides the workers as long as we are willing to follow His will, but it was OK if they weren't all done.  There was simply only so many hours in a day.  Whatever got done, we would deliver.  And, it would be fabulous no matter what.  It was OK!

Then, the ladies began to show up.  They sat down and begin to sew what was already ironed as I continued to iron more.  I kept ironing, they kept visiting while hand sewing, I kept ironing, they kept getting more done!  I finished the ironing and began to put snaps on the shirts.  Another lady stopped by to help and began to package the completed shirts.  We kept going and enjoying the fellowship as we worked.  When our time was almost up for the day, the ladies asked "are there any more to close?"  I was floored!  Somehow ALL the shirts were closed, we had snaps on almost all, and they were packaged ready to go.  How had such a feat happened?!?!  And, why after all these years did I doubt what God would accomplish through willing hands?  The result?...

The Spring delivery to ACH included 100 Blankets, 1 beautiful quilt, and 79 shirts!  When we arrived, they were thrilled.  Parents had been asking if there were more shirts coming.  It was a fabulous delivery.  Make sure to take a moment and check out the photos!

One of our ladies even took the time to make some special Easter shirts.  They are PRECIOUS!  Look at all the work she put in to them!!!  Those little chicks along the bottom, incredible!

If you look closely you will see the details added to this sweet shirt and see why I deeply appreciate having such talented women helping us make a difference!

We are always looking for more helpers!  There is always more to do!  Please consider joining us or supporting us in our purchases as we MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER!  Have a blessed day!