Hey All...I have to admit. I haven't been on here in a LONG time. Work, family and other activities have kept me away.
I don't know how possiblel this is but I wanted to throw this out there....you all let me know what you think.
I volunteer for a local organization called the Valley Youth House. This organization helps abused (physically and sexually) children as well as homeless familes.
I probably should start with some introduction. I work as the assistant manager of an apartment complex in Allentown, PA. Every year for Christmas we collect gifts, toys and items that are needed by these children for the holidays. If not for the out pouring of the community these kids would have have no holiday at all. That is not the reason for my message here though. Durning this past holiday I has the opportunity to speak to a case manager for a specific house that houses 6 to 8 boys who have been legally removed from their homes due to neglect, physical or sexual abuse. We spoke about the need of these children and the funding that is actually available to this house and it appears that there is hardly any. The case manager must wait until there are clearance sales and items like blankets are maked down to less than $20 in order to be able to afford things for these children.
I know its alot to ask, especially with shipping. But I was wondering if anyone would be willing to donate a blanket, afghan or anything to these children. I have two boys the ages of these kids who range from 11 to 18 and to think that someone would hurt them like they have been hurt just breaks my heart. I do everything that I can, personally, professionally and financially for this organization and have never found one that i feel this passionately about. I just feel that what I do isn't enough.
If anyone is interested in helping, making afghans, donating any crocheted items...please email me at esiepiela AT aol DOT com. Please include Valley Youth House in the subject line so I don't think its spam.
I know that there is need all over the US and world, especially with what has recently happened in Haiti. I just have this personal pull towards this organization. I have seen the kids involved, spoken to them, volunteered. They should know that people care...it gives them hope and encouragement.
Please let me know what you think!