Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Never, Never, Never Give Up"~ Churchill

"If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?  We have two options, medically and emotionally; give up or fight like hell."
~Lance Armstrong

Tuesday, October 11th, the We CAN ladies met to drive over to Provo to the Huntsman Cancer Center to deliver the comfort pillows that we made a few months ago. Ladies also brought craft items for the Mothers Without Borders Boutique that will be held November 4-5 at the Greek Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City.  This boutique is fabulous and has lots of great arts and crafts, holiday decorations and beautiful things that are made in Africa. "The boutiques have raised thousands of dollars for orphans in Zambia. These events feature handmade crafts and goods that are donated as well as beautiful treasures made by the orphans, women, and craftsman of Zambia."
Barbara, Ardis, Kathy, Paula, Carolyn, Judy, Vila & Phyllis

 These comfort pillows are helpful for people who are having procedures done at the hospital, or from our recent experience, they are handy to hold against your chest when you need to cough after surgery and everything hurts ~ Ray said, "A pillow really helps."  I hope whenever they are used, that the person can feel the love radiating from that small pillow ~ they were sewn with lots of love, prayers and healing wishes tucked inside each one.

Bringing comfort and cheer to those who have mountains to climb

Ardis, Vila, Carolyn, Paula, Barbara, Phyllis, Kathy, Judy and Sandy (behind the camera)
After delivering the pillows to the Huntsman Cancer Center in Provo, we met at Bull Peppers restaurant for lunch and laughter.

Stockings, Just Ready to be Stuffed

 "Let us not be weary in well doing.  For in due season, we shall reap if we faint not.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men. . ." Galatians 6:9-10

Vila and Rae Lee cutting out felt stockings, ties, collars, etc.
On Tuesday, September 6th, we met at Kathy's home to make Missionary Christmas Stockings for the Festival of Trees, that will be held November 30-Dec 3, 2011 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. The festival benefits children who need medical services at Primary Children's Hospital.  The festival has been going for 41 years, last year in 2010 over $1, 500,000 was raised.

Carolyn and Ardis sewing the stockings together
 The missionary stockings we made last year sold quickly in the Gift Shop, so this year we added a "Missionary Sister" stocking as well.
Lynn and Patti glueing the ties and collars on.

Paulette and Sandy were  working on shapes and colors cut-outs.
 We also worked on foam color and shape cut outs that are sent to in kits to schools overseas to help the pre-school children learn shapes and colors.

Kathy was also sewing.
Sister and Elder Missionary Stockings
Lynn adds an embroidered black Elder or Sister tag to these for the final touch.

At the end of the day, these amazing ladies surprised both Judy and Sandy with "Freezer Meals., " to help us through some challenging days ahead.  Our hearts are so full, as these wonderful ladies are all so busy and accomplish so much good, but they are always doing good for others and never weary in well doing.  ~ Thank you, we love you all ~ Judy and Sandy