Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Why you should totally learn to knit or crochet soon (hint: You can help save babies!!!)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!! I hope that you all are having a grace-filled day! I'm really enjoying today so far: I ate breakfast, went to Mass with my husband, went thrifting, ran errands at the store, prayed part of a Rosary, and planned out my daily "To Do" list-all before 10 a.m.! If only I was this on top of things more often, right??? I guess I can dream on : ) 

Today, I have a couple of thoughts about sanctity and saving lives, which I want to share with y'all. I mean, I want to help save lives! That'd be pretty epic. Guess what? We have an awesome opportunity within our grasp to concretely help save lives and strengthen families. Yesterday after Mass, I read a sign that was posted near the doorway of the church. It was an advertisement for an organization that was calling for volunteers who knit and/or crochet. Sign me up! was my first thought. I had no clue what this organization was, so I looked into it more. It is called Click For Babies.  

I found out that Shaken Baby Syndrome is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases. To help combat this and inform the public, Click for Babies works with hospitals to provide purple knitted or crocheted caps for newborns. Along with this gift, parents are informed about the period of purple crying that infants go through, so they can be aware of how to properly respond instead of reacting violently. I am all about strengthening families, relationships, and saving lives, so I immediately knew that God put that sign in my path. Donations are needed by October 1, so I have a couple of weeks to whip together some hats! Not only will I be volunteering for a good cause, but it gave me a fabulous excuse to buy some cute purple and yellow yarn, and it gives me a stellar reason to pray and then binge-watch shows while I knit. 

Furthermore, participating in the Click for Babies campaign is a great way to bring our quest for holiness into daily life and kick our Faith into action. Serving others? Check. Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy? Check. Offering up prayers for the babies and their families? Check. Doing a small thing with great love? Check. 

We can offer up each stitch, each yarn tangle, each moment for souls, giving God our work wholeheartedly. We can unite ourselves to epic saints that did this, like St. Rafqa. If you don't know how to knit or crochet, this would be a great opportunity to learn! I actually learned to knit by making little baby bonnets for the local crisis pregnancy center. If you don't know someone who will teach you how to knit or crochet, hit the internet or (if you're in the OKC area) contact me and I can help you out! 

Let's save some babies, pray for souls, and strengthen families! Click those knitting needles and crochet hooks for babies!!

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