As my friend Sunshine Psota said to me, “the Mother Bear organization is so wonderful because it touches a lot of hearts and takes a simple gift and turns it into something magical.”
I am honored and proud to have a friend like Sunshine (so aptly named :)) who brings others in great need such joy with her creative gifts. When Sunshine first started showing me her baby bears, my heart warmed. Then she showed me the above photo and my heart caught fire and melted into a puddle! These little orphaned Namibian AIDs survivors are happily embracing love incarnate…hand-knitted bears made by strangers they don’t even know, but the love woven in is palpable.
To see a photo gallery of the knitters and the baby bears in their new homes go to: http://www.motherbearproject.org.
To see a photo that Sunshine took of her sister Diane with her bears, check this out: http://www.motherbearproject.org/Newsletter/newsletter_December_2009.html
(Oh this makes me want to take up knitting. 🙂 I tried once and couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. My blankets always became triangles).
Over 50,000 bears have been distributed!
If you are interested in getting involved, or know someone who would be, contact the Mother Bear Project for a knitting pattern and other details. (When you’re finished knitting, if you are in Sonoma County, CA, like we are, the local drop-off spot is at Cast Away in Old Railroad Square in Santa Rosa). It’s that easy!