I want to apologize for not updating this blog for the past couple of weeks…the tension, worry, stress, and exhaustion got to me finally and I have been pretty sick.
Now I’m better and back at it and glad to report, finally, some stats from the Week of Service. We only had a very few people report in. Many preferred to keep their service quiet, or didn’t have much access to computers. But I did get reports from a few people and the service given touched and warmed my heart and the hearts of Susan’s family.
Hours spent in service: 422
Booties: 3 pairs
Blankets: 42 (many more have come in since this report)
Other items: 21 (including a huge gift basket consisting of women’s beauty supplies and necessities, art projects and gifts for children, and more, donated to a local women’s shelter)
Medical dolls and gowns: 24
UPDATE from Jennifer Graves:
I have a final count for our service project. We completed 47 baby and children blankets for Primary Children’s Hospital! Total with all people involved we put in over 130 hours! Thank you to everyone who helped with this project!
This is a very small sampling of the actual service performed this week. Not only did it cheer the hearts of Susan’s friends and family to do things in her name, but it also brightened the days of many others who didn’t previously have a connection to Susan. One group of people in a senior center felt neglected and like their lives didn’t have much purpose. After several Week of Service crafting afternoons were held in their building, they made new friends, felt renewed and lifted, and like they had a purpose again. This picture of one sweet woman at the events says it all:
Photo courtesy of Laurie Nielsen
If Susan knew of these efforts in her name, she would be so touched, inspired, and grateful.