Sunday, January 29, 2012

Come Help

I never stop being amazed by the crazy-cool ways God chooses to use His people if they are just willing to say Yes. He created us, He knows us, He speaks to us. He made us with a purpose and a mission imprinted onto our hearts and He gave us everything we need to carry out His plan.

That's some kind of excitement, right there, because the possibilities are endless.

My friend Lindsay recently became connected with a local teen named Madison. Madison started a non-profit organization called Lily's Closet which provides trendy, like-new clothing *for free* to local teenage girls living in poverty. These girls are often broken and hurting in many ways. But also? They want to look cute. Through Lily's Closet they are given the opportunity to "shop" with a personal shopper who will also make sure they know about God's mad love for them and pray with them on their way out the door.

We believe that in meeting a physical need of clothes that these girls have, we are able to meet the much greater spiritual need these girls may have. God has a huge heart for these girls and absolutely moves mountains for them! This is a huge opportunity we have to reach out to broken, hurting girls in our very own community! - From the Lily's Closet facebook page

This is big, loud, think-outside-the-box, age be danged, crazy God love happening. It's being poured out from Madison's hands and feet. Don't you want to be a part of that? I know I do.

Lindsay reached out to Madison, asking what her tangible needs are for getting her vision up and running.The answer? Hanger covers.

It just so happens that Lindsay is one fierce seamstress. She can sew a hanger cover with her eyes closed. But she can't sew 1000 of them.

Which brings me to me. And you.

There are two opportunities to help.

1} Meet us this Thursday (February 2) at the Nappanee Public Library from 6:30 - 8:30pm. If you are a seamstress, bring your machine. If you are like me, come and cut fabric and iron.We need your hands!

2} For those of you who want to help but are not local (Northern Indiana), make some covers and send them to us! To make 25 covers you will need 6 yards of unbleached muslin fabric. A complete supply list, step-by-step tutorial, and downloadable pattern can be found right here. Or, you can email and Lindsay will email or snail-mail the pattern directly to you.

Update :: For those of you who have inquired, we will set the deadline for March 1st. You can send all finished hanger covers to Nappanee Public Library 157 N. Main St. Nappanee, IN 46550, attn: Lindsay. Also, Lindsay is checking with Madison regarding those of you who would like to send clothing. Will keep you posted! 

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of something much greater than myself, and I hope you'll come along, too. Plus, hello? It would be fun to cut some fabric with you in person.

Leave a comment or shoot me an email if you can help in either way.

You're the bomb, you know.