In case you didn't see the posts on facebook this week, I wanted you all to know we delivered 366 stuffed friends to our Juvenile Court on Tuesday. It was such an exciting day for our family!!!!!!
Our bus was STUFFED!!!!!!!!!!!!
This was Hopeful Threads BIGGEST project to date!
Our caseworker was so excited about the project when I shared it with her, that she met us there for the delivery. She wasn't about to just allow us to drop and leave. :) She introduced us to multiple court staff and judges who all were so appreciated and excited about the gifts! The more the word spread through the building, the more people showed up to see all your fluffy donations!
They immediately went about personally selecting toys to take back to each of the court rooms for the following day's hearings. It was such a wonderful and encouraging thing to witness! Their genuine enthusiasm and appreciation was overwhelming!
I can't thank you enough for your amazing support and generous participation and allowing our family the privilege of delivering your gifts! What a blessing!!!!
The next day, I also had the chance to meet Judge Irwin, the man that started the whole idea of giving each child a stuffed friend when they came to court. He shared his gratitude and personal stories of how the children had responded in court that day. He said he had two sisters that both wanted the same big bear, and so he had to take them to the back room to see all the others so they could both be happy with a special new friend! Another judge shared about a little boy that chose a large patchwork square puppy, and a little girl that picked a turtle that matched her new bedroom. :) There was also a very special little girl that picked a doll with pigtails because she too had a pony tail, and the judge shared how she cradled and played with her new friend throughout the hearing. Talk about SQUEEZING my heart!!!!!
I know there are still multiple packages on their way, and we will gladly make a second delivery when they arrive. As a matter of fact, the response to these was so great, and the need obviously significant and ongoing, that I have decided to make this an ONGOING project!!! I plan to sew stuffed toys each month (in addition to our Monthly Projects) for the children coming through our Juvenile Court and will gladly accept and deliver any you would like to send along too! I'm adding a tab to the top of the blog with all of the info. and welcome your participation anytime!
Needless to say, our "Fluff For Foster Care" project was a HUGE success!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for jumping on board and making this special project even more special!