About the Work
I am owned, heart and soul, by the goddess Brighid. So it was no surprise when I was assigned to make baby quilts for our local hospital, for them to give to families in need. So far I’ve finished and delivered 5 of them, with three more in progress.
It’s important work, but it’s expensive work, and my day job is in retail, so I don’t really have the money to keep pace with the needs of the community. So in lieu of the donation buttons so many bloggers put up, I’ve got an Amazon wishlist here where I’ve got a list of the supplies that would be helpful in this project. I mean, I don’t have a problem with monetary donations, but I’d really rather have materials that will help with the work I’m doing for my goddess and my community.
In addition to the baby quilt project, I also volunteer several times a month for the low-income preschool where my mother works. I used to do it on a regular basis, but the location where she is now has a lot larger staff than the one where we were before, and there’s less need.
In the past, I’ve volunteered for animal rescues and raised money for cancer research and for programs to provide food for hungry children, and taught an English as a Second Language class from my home. In the past year, I’ve made donations to Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, and the local battered women’s shelter. I used to try to do everything; now I specialize. I’m an activist, dedicated to protecting women from violence and children from the worst effects of poverty. I firmly believe that what one does means a great deal more than what one says, particularly in terms of religion.
Update 4/7/14: So far I’ve taken another 8 baby quilts to the hospital. For those who’ve helped with materials, I can’t thank you enough! The project is going beautifully, and I’ve been able to help quite a few infants in my community. I saw a baby in Walmart the other night draped in a quilt I’d made–that was such a good feeling.