I enjoy promoting organizations that I feel do good in the world. Although this isn’t strictly speaking an endorsement, I recently started helping out with Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. If you’re not familiar with their work, every Christmas they receive donations for their “shoebox” program. You can participate by filling a shoebox-sized box with a variety of practical and fun items for children in poor countries. They break the boxes into six box types, young girls, young boys, older girls, older boys, teenaged girls and teenaged boys.
My friend, Jean, who volunteers time in North Carolina at Samaritan’s Purse’s sorting facility, told our sewing circle that there are never enough items for the teenaged boys. To use a phrase I’ve heard some younger people use…
Since Jean has hooked me (no pun intended) into helping, we have started crocheting head-hugger caps for the boys. It’s great fun and, since I don’t have television, I use the time I spend making each cap praying for the boy who will receive it. I know God’s providence will go with these hats and, in some way I will probably never know, a little bit of comfort and grace will fall on each young man. It’s a wonderful way to spend my free time between speaking engagements, and it’s even easy to travel with. It’s also a great way to use up all that spare yarn you have. And if you knit or crochet at all, I know you have some!
If you want to join us, I’m including the pattern here for you to use, but of course you could use any pattern you like, and you could sew or knit as your skills and heart lead you.
God’s richest blessings!