To all my friends let me tell you I am exhausted but it’s a wonderful exhaustion. According to my training program I did 4.2 miles today But I wasn’t training I was building smiles.
We started as soon as we left home in flushing handng out hand knitted scarves, I personally knitted 72
Also there were donated hats and gloves and coats. We handed them out on subway platforms and in union square and on broadway, we had breaakfast at the bean on 12th and broadway and we took about 20 sets every ime we left.
A set was a scarfe, a hat , a set of gloves and for a lucky few a brand new coat, some faux fur lined and some were tailored over coats.
We did a grid pattern of every inch of union square missing noone, one elderly russian gentleman was so happy he started singing the beetles song yellow submarine and blessing us, another man had horribly dry split hamds so we gave him a tube of the Australian remedy Dr Lucas’s pawpaw cream and showed him how to apply it he also got a brand new back pack.
We even gave scarves to two pitbulls owned by a homeless couple, and the last thing we saw as we came home was two very large pitbulls sitting on the sidewalk with hand knitted scarves the colors of the french flag around their necks and their owners yelling thankyou as we left.
We didn’t do this for kudo’s we did it because others were not, and these people are humans and we as fellow occupants of the global village have a responsibility to care for the weakest and most vulnerable amongst us, if you want to get biblical read matthew 25- verse 45.
We finished all the way over in tompkins square park handing out scarves to people waiting online for food handouts
many spoke no english but their smiles and their eyes said it all.
We probably have done our last clothing drive as we intend to not be here next year, but it would be a sad day if there was noone else, or no group to pass the baton to What about you ?
If an over weight epileptic gimp in a wheelchair with a torn rotator cuff and a hard working woman who is only home 4 hrs a day can provide clothing for 72 people why can’t you? Noone expects you to buy them or make them, if you put together a group with the right talents it will happen “build it and they will come” organize a couple of knitting circles and voila you have hats, scarves,and gloves, ask your work friends and sports friends and church for socks and coats set a number write it on the wall and make it happen when it’s done and they’re all handed out you can’t stop smiling.
There’s no wage for it if you think in normal terms, but if you open your heart and your mind and just don’t stop until you’re done the payment we got in hugs tears blessings and god blesses makes us the richest girls in the world tonight and there’s enough left in the compassion bank to employ so many to replace us.