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Cynthia Mills and the Blazing Needles community donated 2240 diapers, 47 packs of wipes, and 20 onesies

 

Greetings Everyone!

Here it is May 1st and I am just now posting about our hugely successful POP Diapers, Wipes, and Onesies Drive that took place throughout the month of March. Please forgive me for the delay…

Back in  February I had a conversation with Deb Coffey, the managing director of the Utah Refugee Center and asked her what the community could do to ease the burden of refugees living in Utah. She said there is a never ending need for diapers and wipes. She also mentioned how difficult it is to see babies without onesies during the colder months of the year. In addition to baby needs, both lap and twin sized blankets, as well as hygiene kits are always welcomed.

My heart was immediately drawn to those parents with babies who are not able to provide for their precious little one’s basic needs. To be perfectly honest though, I was a little nervous about asking others to contribute diapers because of the expense. A hygiene kit could be easily assembled at the dollar store for as little as $5.00 whereas diapers could cost twice that amount for the smallest package.

Needless to say my heart won out and both Salt Lake and Utah Counties really came through. In the end 7,286 diapers, 173 packages of wipes, 133 brand new onesies, and other miscelleneous baby clothes were donated. I wish you could have seen the faces of the people at the Utah Refugee Center as SUV, after SUV unloaded the goods. It was priceless!

Bingham High School Donation

Bingham High School Donation

A special thanks goes out to Cynthia Mills and the Blazing Needles community, who donated 2240 diapers, 47 packs of wipes, and 20 onesies. Also a big thanks to Trish Roberts and the students at Bingham High School, who contributed 1622 diapers and 14 packs of wipes, as well as the many others who left box after box, and bag after bag on my doorstep.

7,592 Expressions of Love Ready to Go

7,592 Expressions of Love Ready to Go

 

Onesies hand knit by Sandra Ronca, alias Slouchybee on Ravelry

Onesies hand knit by Sandra Ronca, alias Slouchybee on Ravelry

Some of the most touching moments were when kids showed up on my doorstep; their arms full of diapers and wipes and their hearts spilling over with love. What a wonderful thing it is when children are taught to think about others than themselves. They feel empowered with a sense of purpose when they see at such a young age, they can make a positive difference in the lives of others. Giving comes so naturally to children. We need to provide opportunities to nurture that world saving attribute.

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St Patrick’s Day leprechauns after making a delivery

Speaking of children doing their part to make this world a better place…

Meet Rachel, who last week asked her friends to give diapers instead of presents at her birthday party. Not only did Rachel’s heart grow, but she gave all of her friends the same opportunity to learn about refugees and feel the joy of helping others. Way to go Rachel and friends! You are all Pioneers of Peace.

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If you would like to learn more about how you can help refugees living in Utah click on this link Utah Refugee Center.  They have just launched an app called Serve Refugees that makes giving even more fun. Download it free from your app store.

Until next time…

Be a Pioneer of Peace and Keep Walking, Not Just Talking

Knitters and Crocheters Alert!!! Pioneers of Peace: Our Next Adventure – “POP Hats”

 

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Pioneers of Peace Thanks”Giving” Cup Campaign 2015 is off and running 

November 1st marked the start of the 3rd annual Pioneers of Peace Thanks”Giving” Cup Campaign. Red cups have taken their places and are anxious to hold all of the spare change that can be found before December 1st.

This month we celebrate gratitude and abundance but also raise awareness for those in the world who are less fortunate.  Currently across the world, 1 in 122 people are refugees, and 1 in 8 people go to bed not knowing where their next meal is coming from. Every 10 seconds a child dies of hunger related illness.

It costs as little as 25 cents to feed a child in school a nutritionally complete meal. We believe we can make a difference by collecting our spare change during the month of November and donating it to largest humanitarian aide organization delivering food to the world’s hungriest children. That organization is World Food Program USA.

If you are new to the Thanks”Giving” Cup Campaign stay tuned for more information on how to participate. This is a new tradition you are not going to want to miss out on. Meanwhile, select a cup and begin filing it with all of the coins you can find.

For those of you participating again, welcome back! We LOVE you 🙂  Last year year we donated over 6,000 meals. We can’t wait to see what we can do this year. We plead with you to spread the word and help us gain support in making this great effort grow. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page Pioneers of Peace Thanks”Giving” Cup Campaign.

Until next time, may our cups runneth over with coins 🙂

Barbara

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Drop-off day at HYRC

Drop-off day at HYRC

 

Monday October 12, 2015 arrived. With the entire back of my CRV filled with moving boxes containing 250 “Love Bundles,” along with donations of toothpaste, lotion, and other sundries, Annie, Richy and I arrived at the Homeless Youth Resource Center at the appointed time for our drop –off.

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The facility was alive with young people getting breakfast and other necessities, as well as kind words and a reminder that there are people who care. We weren’t able to take pictures because of confidentiality issues, but we can report that the youth were curious about what was in the boxes and Annie saw excitement on their faces.

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As I reflect back on this year’s Project Love Bundles Campaign, my heart swells as I think about all the effort that was put into making this act of compassion a reality. I have come to understand that a “love bundle” is symbolic of much more than providing needed items for our homeless youth.

As I see it, a love bundle can be separated into at least 3 parts; each part touching the others.

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1. Awareness

There is a scene from the 1984 film a Christmas Carol with George C. Scott, in which the ghost of Christmas Present opens his opulent velvet robes to reveal two gaunt, frightened children. Scrooge is visibly horrified by this unexpected raw vision and his humanity is awakened. The children are introduced as “Ignorance and Want” and like Scrooge, everyone of us is faced with the realization that as much as we cover our eyes with robes to not see it; there is great suffering in the world. While it remains hidden, we can move through our lives ignorant to the wants and needs of our fellow man; but when our eyes are opened; our hearts are also.

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To make visible those who are unknown or forgotten is one of the main goals of Pioneers of Peace™

Before we can make a difference, we must first be aware of what needs there are, so, raising awareness about homeless youth was an essential piece of Project “Love Bundles.”

Many people had never considered that children without adult supervision could be homeless. Many didn’t know there is currently not a shelter these young people can sleep in. Many did not know that something as simple as a pair of socks and lip balm were so important to people living on the streets or camping in the canyons.

Because of Project “Love Bundles,” many eyes were opened and the plight of our homeless youth is now in the minds of those who participated on every level.

There were those who taught their small children about other’s who do not have homes and loving families. One such family chose to write quotes on origami paper. In addition to writing the approved quotes, they personalized each piece of paper with darling drawings expressing their love and compassion.

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 Another woman mentioned she had donated money to the shelter that is being built.

 I was found folding paper cranes all over the city. People asked what I was doing and I would tell them about homeless youth in SLC. Often they were surprised that this population even existed.

 Clerks at the fabric store wanted to know what all of the red fleece was for and so I told them…

 Family and friends came together to make scarfs and because of social media and word of mouth, socks were delivered by mail from various states in the country.

 2. Compassion

Abraham Maslow educated the world on what has come to be known as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It teaches that the most basic needs of food and safety must be met before man can reach his potential.

I once heard that seeing people suffer from lack of these basic needs becomes a disease of the soul. Something primal is triggered when visions of homeless hungry children come into view. Our human nature is awakened, heartstrings are plucked, and we are motivated to reach out and ease suffering. Compassion creates energy to do good.

During this campaign I witnessed evidence that compassion is alive and well in our community.

One woman was careful to buy the softest fuzziest fleece she could find, saying, “Those kids need to have soft scarfs around their necks.” She also bought extra warm wool socks to protect against the cold and wet; and to top it all off she packaged her donation with boxes of dryer sheets so it would smell good (like home) to whoever received her gift.

 Another gentlemen showed up on my doorstep with bags filled with fifty pairs of new socks saying, “I was kicked out of my house when I was young; I was lucky because somebody took me in. I want to help.

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One woman said, Most of us have had problems one time or another with our kids, or we know someone whose child has left home. I can’t bear the thought of them being vulnerable on the streets…and they are wrong if they think no one cares about them.

 3. Giving/Action

Awareness (thought) begets compassion (emotion), and compassion begets giving (action). At Pioneers of Peace™ our motto is “Walk Not Just Talk.”

  • It is important to be aware of today’s problems and feel compassion, but change is most effected through action.
  • Action is the glue that makes awareness and compassion stick.
  • Action is the opposite of “Ignorance and Want,” from Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.

Project “Love Bundles” is awareness and compassion in action. It was alive with energy. One could even say it was a “movement.” Countless people mobilized to make a difference in the lives of our homeless youth by giving of their time and money on so many levels.

In total we received 300 handmade scarfs, 270 pairs of new socks, 250 protein bars, 250 handmade paper cranes with quotes written on them, 250 hand warmers, 40 toe warmers, 250 tubes of lip balm and extras like bottles of lotion, tubes of toothpaste, gloves, and laundry detergent.

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Packages were left on my doorstep daily; some anonymously, and some in the arms of beautiful smiling faces. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity displayed.

One Sunday evening my doorbell rang. I opened it to a group of elementary school-aged children with bundles of scarves in their arms. They greeted me with, “These are for the teenagers.”

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Another evening my doorbell rang and a dear woman I hadn’t seen for years had a big box filled with scarves that she and her married daughters had made.

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Many others gathered around tables measuring and cutting fabric and eventually handcrafting that fabric into scarves. Children observed and helped.

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3 small children meticulously threaded raffia onto labels and felt the joy of doing their part in helping others.

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 It takes 10-15 minutes to fold a paper crane and one generous woman made over 90, not to mention the other woman who handwrote 150+ quotes on the paper before it was folded.

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New socks and protein bars are not cheap. People bought bolts of fleece and measured, cut and fringed them by hand. The hours of labor and dollars contributed to this project is staggering.

2015 Assembly Team

2015 Assembly Team

 

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A “Love Bundle” is a handmade fleece scarf with a pair of new socks, a packet of hand warmers, a protein bar, a tube of lip balm, and a handmade paper crane with a quote written by hand on the back of the origami paper. The quotes were chosen to provide motivation and a self esteem boost and do not include any religious messages. All of these items are rolled up like a cinnamon roll and tied with raffia.

They were designed to be a gift containing necessities thoughtfully packaged, much like a birthday gift for a well-loved child. That in and of itself would’ve been enough, but it was so much more.

A “Love Bundle” is a gift that embodies awareness, compassion, and action. It is a spokesman for homelessness, a heart expander, a friend, and a vehicle for bringing people together in the service of others.

We at Pioneers of Peace™ wish to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who made this campaign a success. In the words of Margaret Mead,

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

 

If you feel inclined to share your experience with Project”Love Bundles” 2015 please comment. We’d love to hear from you.

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  • Cara - We had a great opportunity to make scarves with two if our young children. As I explained to them why we were making them, I could see a tender love in their eyes. My sweet, innocent daughter just kept saying, “Can’t we just make them a house, mom??” Her concern was sweet and I was grateful for the opportunity to expose her to a bit of the world, but couple it with action by DOING something about it. Showing her that although we couldn’t save them from their trials, we can lend a loving hand. We can do the small and simple things that really turn out to be great things. I hope that she will continue to “see”, but most importantly have the desire to “do”. I’m so grateful to have seen all of the ” doers” during this project. Although the world has its dark and dreary spots, there are so so many bright people and so much good in the world!ReplyCancel

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IMG_2756Hello Friends,

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your summer. It’s hard to believe it’s almost over, but autumn is definitely in the air. Last week I went to Swiss Days with my daughters and saw that the leaves were changing in our majestic Provo Canyon. If you have the opportunity, take a drive and drink in all of the beauty. As we were traveling through the canyon I felt like I was driving through an art gallery and then I thought, strange… do I value the art gallery more than the real thing? Of course not; It’s just that such beautiful sites are often captured by artists because they move us in such grand ways. At any rate I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

Sadly there are many in our community who do not feel so blessed. I’m speaking of our homeless youth whose numbers reach well over 500. Soon the nip in the air that we are already feeling in the morning, will turn into bitter cold and children will be sleeping on our streets and in our canyons.

We at Pioneers of Peace want to do our part by once again providing “Love Bundles;” this time before the cold weather has settled in. What is a love bundle you ask?

It is a handmade fleece scarf, a pair of new socks, a set of hand warmers, a protein bar, a Pioneers of Peace tube of lip balm (delicious) and a paper crane with a handwritten inspirational quote.

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We realize it is a very small offering but we know every little bit helps. If you scroll down our blog you will see posts from our successful drive last February. All bundles are donated to the Volunteers of America Homeless Youth Resource Center

So once again we are inviting you to take part in providing some comfort to our homeless youth by donating items. Here is what is needed currently to make our goal of 200 bundles

200 protein bars

150 pairs of new adult crew socks (black or white)

150 sets of hand warmers

20 (2 yard pieces) plain fleece fabric (preferably red)

 

We would be very grateful if the fabric was cut following this tutorial and even more grateful if the scarfs were completed when you donate them.

We need these items by Oct 1, so that we have time to assemble the bundles by our scheduled drop off date. Already, generous people have come forward to help . I am so grateful to Anita, Janie, Cathie, and Janette for their help with the paper crane portion of the love bundles. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Of course my dream would be to provide every homeless youth with a love bundle. It breaks my heart to leave anyone out. We will do what we can. My hope is that our youth will feel the love of our community and know they are not alone.

Please contact me at: barbarascoville@pioneersofpeace.org if you would like to be a Pioneer of Peace and donate some of the needed items.

Hugs,

Barbara

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