Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Blanket Of Warmth

--by unknown, posted Jul 17, 2012

It's never too late to share a kindness story even when you are about to go on holiday.

It begins with a hobby of mine...knitting. My nan and mum bless their hearts taught me to knit many years ago and it has always been a passion of mine making things for people and over the years I have made a few things for family and friends. I have always found it very therapeutic and relaxing.

Now my biggest enjoyment of knitting is making large blankets..some square patterned and some embroidered. Over a long period of time I have managed to make about 15 and have kept them in storage but have always hoped one day I would be able to give them away free to people that needed them. A few years back I found out that Oxfam would not be able to take them off my hands for me and send abroad so I have just kept on making them, and continued putting them in storage as I have always believed one day they will come in useful for something and help someone.

Today an act of kindness happened. Just in passing I spoke to a friend of a friend and my blankets came up in conversation. Now lo and behold some of my blankets have gone to an elderly couple for extra warmth!

This really made me smile that I could contribute to this act of kindness and it just goes to show how something so little can be appreciated so much -- and the feeling you get for that is AMAZING!

I hope one day I will be able to send my blankets abroad as an act of kindness to help underprivellaged children or adults. It is important to remember that we should always be grateful for what we do have in life as some people are not always as lucky as you and if we continue carrying out these acts of kindness that we do to make anyone makes us an all round better person.  No one can take away that feeling you receive when you do a true act of kindness for someone.

I am so grateful that I have been able to carry out some random acts of kindness lately. Has really made me smile and being able to do this whilst on a journey of healing and self improvement is beyond phenomenal.


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Gale wrote: I collect quotes - here's a favorite -
There is a destiny that makes us brothers
None goes his way alone.

What we send out into the lives of others
Comes back into our own.

Marian wrote: Here's another charity for knitters: http://forum. Knit-a-square. Com/? Xg_source=msg_mes_network
They are doing amazing good works.
Sandy wrote: We had just left on holiday when i seen my sons true heart. We stopped for fule late into the evening. A homeless man was sitting there. It was very cold out. My son said he wanted to give the man his blanket and i replied. If you do you will be cold when you go to sleep. (i know, shame on me! ) as we travled down the road my son fell asleep. I reached for his blanket to cover him, it was m i a, and my heart smiled!
Sandy wrote: July 17 just happens to be his birthday.

Michamicha2 wrote: What a sweet story! I live in the us (florida) and will be glad to personally find homes for your blankets, i can check at the local homeless shelters, battered women's shelter, or other organizations that could use them. If you are interested, please let me know. - kristi
sethi wrote: Thank you for being who you are.
DIVANURSE wrote: Please check with local hospitals in your area and nursing homes. If you can make them small the intensive care nursery always can use them use them for the preemie babies. We also have had people knit hats and booties for our babies. Thank you for thinking about others first. God bless.
Jami2D wrote: God has given you talent and now you helping others with the gift of talent:) sounds like it is a win win situation. Thanks!
starryskies wrote: Great story! Keep spreading love and kindness! :)
Skirnir Hamilton wrote: Here is one organization that seems to take knitted blankets. Http://www. Afghansforafghans. Org/

I looked at an indian reservation in the us that my church group sent quilts to, and i don't tend to see larger blankets on their list. They seem to say baby blankets mainly. (pine ridge indian reservation. )

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