Wow! Do I have a ton to share since my last post!! God is providing and moving blankies all over the world! I quickly wanted to share about our latest distribution! (and I want to ask for prayer for a missions team currently in Liberia, serving orphans and delivering 50 Leigh's Blankies! My sweet niece is on this team! Pictures and a post to come...)
I was contacted by JD in West Virginia just a couple of months ago...
Andra, I would like to thank you for your passion in a ministry that is obviously making a positive difference around the world. It truly is a blessing to see God's love shared through your efforts in memory of Leigh Ann. I first learned of Leigh's Blankies through Judy Hudson, who sent one to my wife (Dory), along with a copy of the local newspaper article covering a story on this ministry. Dory is Greg's (Tonkinson) first cousin and Judy wanted to share the wonderful story of your work with all of the family. In the upcoming months, my small group bible study class will be serving at a homeless ministry that includes several small children. As a result, I was curious to know if it would be possible to place an order for 25 Blankies. I'm certain these Blankies will be well received and a wonderful way to show God's love to children in need. JD
What a special opportunity for us it was to share a blankie distribution with some of Leigh and Greg's extended family! Through their support, we were able to send 25 blankies to West Virginia! JD wrote last week about the distribution...
...I was volunteering at our neighborhood Community Cupboard on Friday and decided
to share the blankies with all of children who came. Wow! What a hit these
blankies were, not only for the kids receiving them, but also with my fellow
volunteers who were helping out. To say these blankets were worth their weight
in gold is a huge understatement. Positive feedback was given on both the
message behind the blankies and the quality of them. Kudos again to you for your
involvement with this ministry.
AWESOME! Thank you JD for serving and sharing your experience with how God is using you, your volunteer group and the Blankies!!!
Mrs. Bradford's class from Calvary Chapel Christian School set aside a day to serve by learning how to work together at different stations to create completed blankies !
We are so thankful for their willingness to serve! And a HUGE thank you to my mentor, Maria Jones, for leading this group in this project!
I love these quotes from the students and their teacher!!!
“I really enjoyed working on the blankies because the kids will be so happy to get the blankets.I liked making them.Me and my mom made 7 blankets.I really enjoyed it.”
“I thought it was so much fun.I got to do lots of things.Now I know how to make blankies.It is so much fun helping people that don’t have homes and giving them the blankets.”
“Leigh’s Blankies was great.It was an experience that I wouldn’t forget.Also it felt good that while you are having fun you are helping someone in need.So I think Leigh’s Blankies is a fantastic way to help out.”
“Leigh’s Blankies was really fun.I enjoyed making the blankets, knowing they will go to someone in need.Mrs. Jones was very helpful and was a blessing to us.Hopefully we will do it again and make more blankets.”
“I enjoyed making blankets for Leigh’s Blankies foundation.I want to thank Mrs. Jones for coming in and helping us make them.I appreciate and want to thank Andra for starting the foundation.I think it is awesome what she is doing.I would love to make more blankies again.”
“Leigh’s Blankies was very fun.I enjoyed it.I got to work at every station.It was awesome to sew again.I have previously learned to fold, cut, and iron so it was easy for me to work.I hope we can maybe do it again.”
“It was nice to make blankets for those in need.It’s good to know that this is for a good cause.I wouldn’t mind doing it again.I hope that more people would make more blankets for the kids.”
“I love to sew Leigh’s Blankies, but I loved doing it with my classmates.I enjoyed doing the blankies.I am so glad you came up with this, Mrs. Good.I am so happy I get to be a part of this program.”
“Helping Leigh’s Blankies was a nice experience.I enjoyed helping the community by helping to make blankets.I also liked hearing where they were going to go.”
“It was the best time ever!No joke, I loved it.I liked sewing and knowing it would go to a good cause.I would love to do it again.”
“I loved having the opportunity for my students to serve God through this ministry.I am so thankful for Leigh’s Blankies and I hope we can continue to support the work that is done through the ministry.”
I felt so blessed when Virginia from Moving Breath Pilates Studio, asked if she could host a fundraiser for us. Virginia is a dear friend and has been my Pilates instructor for years. She has seen me through injuries and rehabilatated my body after a total hip replacement. She has been a support for me since Leigh Ann died and I am so thankful for her and the Moving Breath Pilates family!!! This fundraiser raised almost $1000 towards more supplies for Leigh's Blankies! I'm still in awe by this blessing!!
Watch this video of our efforts! And thank you so much to Jim Jaques for creating it!!
(In my nervousness, I communicated the wrong dates....we launched in 2011)
Sweet Rhonda from Halo Hatz has designed this adorable Leigh's Blankies hat! On her website, she writes in her "Close to My Heart" section, her love for our organization and her desire for support for us.
She is donating 50% of the profit of every sale of this hat to Leigh's Blankies! I love Rhonda's designs and her servant heart! To purchase this hat, click here and scroll through her favorites to find the Leigh's Blankies hat!
Thank you Rhonda, you're the best! :) I love this hat!!
The McRae Family are dear friends of ours and we were excited when Holly asked us to help with Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas drive! Kate McRae is 8 years old and she has been fighting a brain tumor since 2009. Every morning and night my family prays that God would heal Kate "from her head to her toes". Many of you know this family, love them, follow their updates on Caring Bridge and pray for them regularly.
The McRae's adopt several families at Christmas time, that have either lost a child recently to cancer or are currently in treatment. Hundreds of families from all over the world contribute gifts, gift cards and their support to make this drive a success. The McRae family and a team of volunteers, have done an incredible job loving on these families at Christmas time these last 3 years, from organizing all the details of the Christmas wish lists, to wrapping each item with lots of love.
Leigh's Blankies' goal was to make and give a personal blankie to each member of those families. We shopped, sewed and distributed football themed blankies, sweet prints for little ones, contemporary prints for teens and some Christmas Blankies as well! Our team of sewers did an AMAZING job, they made 80 blankies!! And most of them were x-large!!
Here are some pictures from our sew nights in Maricopa and Gilbert as we prepared for Kate's Drive!
Our Maricopa branch!
Our Gilbert Branch!
Kate at the PCH Oncology Clinic for her own treatment,
delivering some toys and blankies to the other children!
We adore you sweet girl!
Kate McRae has a full brain and spine MRI on Monday at 11. Please pray for a GOOD scan!!!
I just LOVE it when I can post pictures of kiddos receiving their Leigh's Blankies, this posting and pictures are very dear to my heart!!! If you remember back in August I had posted about our delivery of 75 blankies to Mama Zipporah from Huruma Children's Home in Kenya (read more here). Mama Z saved those blankies for Christmas gifts for all the boys at Huruma. She has blessed us with some BEAUTIFUL pictures of the boys with their blankies AND their brand new dormitory where they each have their own bed! Praise God!
We love you Mama Z and thank you for doing God's work in Kenya!
For more information about Huruma Children's Home, read here.