Posted by Art Division Staff Submission from Eileen McCleary San Antonio, Texas
On Sunday July 14 I invited some of my family and friends to meet at my home. I simply told everyone that I was very distressed about the situation at the border and knew that we all felt the same. I wanted to do something positive by creating something. I really wasn't sure about the how and what, but I needed my friends and family for support.
About 10 people came. I opened up our gathering by talking about some things that had recently happened to me to get to this point. Several weeks ago I was talking with my 4 year old grandson about his blanket ( actually he has 2) and how important they are to him. He said he needed them to sleep and make himself "feel warm." We laughed about the time I forgot to get them at his daycare and how his sister let him sleep with her bunny (not the same!)
Shortly after this discussion I talked with my brother, Dan, and he told me he was starting a "Blanket Project" with the Art Division. " That's how the idea spread to San Antonio.
Our meeting was emotional for me, just to express my sorrow and anger about the suffering seen daily on television. I specifically asked all of us to keep the politics out of our gathering and stay positive. I think we all agreed that positive energy and love was in the room. We talked about what kind of blanket we could make. Some of us will try knitting. The popular item was the no-sew fleece blanket that just requires making a trim that you tie off!
So we are going to meet again on Aug 11 and I will have some willing friends over before then to work on the fleece blankets. We ended with a prayer for the children and families traveling across the border and for God to bless our efforts. I shared a thought that my brother shared with me: "We can't expect the world to be loving and kind unless we treat others with love and kindness."