Today I'm sending this small pile of stuffed hearts to Rosie, a friend from Craftster. She contacted me to say that she was inspired by the "hope" hearts I gathered from crafty friends to send to Amanda last November, when Amanda's husband was undergoing chemotherapy. Rosie's co-worker (I'll call her Ann) will start chemo next week, so Rosie is putting together a jar of hearts to be filled by the other people in the office to show their care and support for Ann. Rosie was good enough to let me contribute to the jar too! I had these hearts on hand from my 365 sewn hearts challenge, and I am THRILLED to be able to put them to good use.
Hand-made hearts are so simple, but a group of them, made by loving hands, can provide a huge emotional boost to someone who is sick. The hearts represent the caring thoughts and prayers of the people who make them, and they are a tangible sign of support.
This is the second time since November that I have contributed to a jar of hearts for a person facing cancer, and there was a third person who told me that she was also making a jar of hearts for a sick friend, after reading about my "hope" hearts. This time it finally hit me: there are people everywhere, every day, who could use this kind of support, and I'm all about making stuffed hearts...so I need to find a way to make this happen for more people. I'm thinking of offering a "starter kit"-type-thing, something like an envelope with several of my hearts, plus templates and ideas for sewing meaningful hearts, which a friend or family member could use to create their own jar of hearts.
The first step is making it known that this is available--and I'm starting right here, right now! If you know of someone who could use the emotional lift a jar of hand-made hearts provides, and you would like to organize one for him or her, give me your address and I will send you my starter kit...which I haven't actually made yet...but I will start on this today, so if I get any requests, I will be able to put it in the mail FAST! Oh, and did I mention that this is FREE? Because it is my pleasure and my honor to be able to help support anyone facing a health crisis.