Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An Opportunity to Bless

Yesterday, I happened to come across a post on my Google Reader that inspired me.  One of my favorite art bloggers posted about a dress-drive for an orphanage in Haiti.  Even with my limited sewing experience, the free pattern that was provided seemed pretty simple and straightforward.

I love opportunities to get my children involved in service projects and sewing a simple dress or two seemed like a great way to teach my girls some skills and also help a few little girls in Haiti feel special and pretty. I shared the project idea on Facebook and through our local homeschool email list.

My friend Julie commented on my Facebook thread.  Julie is a Compassion International and Advocate, but her full time job is as the Medical Missions Coordinator for LifeClinic Haiti through LifeChurch in Allentown, PA. 

From their Facebook page (linked above):

Lifeclinic is a team of medical professionals and those interested in helping through other talents they may have to add to our teams, from the Lehigh Valley and beyond. We travel to Haiti to serve the Haitian people with quality medical care, services to children, food and clothing distribution through our Local and Global partnerships. We have been serving the sick and the poor in Haiti since Jan 2010.

lifeclinic Beyond the medical care and food and clothing, Lifeclinic provides comfort to the residents of the area that they serve.

They travel with other medical volunteers to Haiti 3 times per year to run mobile clinics in the largest slum in Haiti. There are over 400,000 people in that area alone that need their help. Lifeclinic treats children from tent cities, Compassion International projects, orphanages and also in different locations with Restaveks (child slaves).

Julie shared something that had been on her mind ever since she came across this photo of a sweet girl hugging a rag doll.

image She would love to be able to take some dolls like this down to the children of Haiti during their upcoming trips planned for October and February.

If any of my readers have the ability to sew and would like to make some lovey dolls to donate, please let me know!  If you can’t sew, Julie said that other soft dolls (like Groovy Girls) and Beanie Babies would also be nice to hand out to the children.

There is also a need for reading glasses from the Dollar Store as well as tubes of toothpaste.

If you would like to bless LifeClinic Haiti with some gifts, please leave a comment or use the Contact Form on the right and I will email you with the shipping address.

Please feel free to share this post through social networking or on your blog and to pray for the work of LifeClinic!

Thank you!