We know many of our readers love to knit and crochet for charity. In today’s post, we’re excited to highlight the Mother Bear Project, a nonprofit organization that provides hand-knit and crocheted bears to children affected by HIV/AIDs in Africa.
The simple gift of a handmade bear can help children feel comforted and loved in a very real way. Here’s a touching story the Mother Bear Project recently shared with us. It was told to them by a Peace Corps volunteer who distributed bears to children in Botswana.
“I have to say, this was such an amazing thing for the children in my village. They were overwhelmed and so excited. They were literally “awwwing” as they saw the bears and were giddy. I want to share one story with you also: One of the little girls, around 4-years-old, that is an orphan at my center and who has a very difficult home life, arrived in the morning worn out. When she was called up to receive her teddy bear, she skipped over with excitement and hesitantly took the bear from me. I believe her hesitation was because she is rarely given anything to call her own, barely even food. She held on to her teddy bear and hugged it and hugged it all the way back to her seat among the excited and antsy children. A few minutes later, I looked over at her and she was fast asleep sitting up in her chair, clutching tightly to her teddy bear. It gave her such comfort in the moments after receiving it that she was able to sleep, even surrounded by noisy children. It did exactly as it was intended — it soothed her soul. In turn, it instantly put me at ease because I knew she had something that would provide her comfort and love, even when she doesn’t get it at home. I want to say a resounding THANK YOU for this. Your agency is exceptionally special and I will forever be grateful for moments like that one.”
What an incredible story! To find out more about the Mother Bear Project and get involved, please check out their website at www.motherbearproject.org. You can also follow them on Facebook or find them on ravelry.