Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Kindness of Others

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A week and a half ago both of my children had a visit to the hospital to have their tonsils and adenoids removed. What a remarkable difference in their breathing! They have healed wonderfully.

When we arrived at the hospital, there were a couple of things waiting for us. Each kid got a new toy, and each kid got a hand made blanket. The blankets were an instant hit and made the kids feel better about all of the machines in the hospital room and the flurry of activity around them with nurses taking vital signs, asking the parents questions, etc.

I thought that the toys and blankets were simply a wonderful gesture. These activities were done by volunteers who donated their time and energies to make my kids feel better - and we were total strangers. The blankets were made through an organization called Project Linus.

From their website, here is the mission of Project Linus:

Project Linus National Headquarters is a non-profit organization with a two-fold mission: First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers." Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

An organization can't really do better than that, imho.

As you can see above, the blankets were made by some people at the Tiger's Eye Temple. At first I thought that it was a branch of the Shriners. They are always using crazy names like that for their branches and members. But I looked up the Tigers Eye Temple online. Here is their site. They are pagans. I don't really know much about Paganism, but I think it is people who worship things that are not supreme beings. I read through a lot of their pages on the site, and a lot of it just doesn't compute. Here is the Tiger's Eye Temple mission statement:

Tiger’s Eye Temple exists for the purpose of bringing together people from many different Pagan beliefs. We strive to unify, educate, and serve our Pagan community specifically, as well as the non-Pagan community in general. Our hope is to diminish prejudices against Pagan faiths, ease the discomforts of people in need through our community service, and to strengthen our faith and ties with others of a similar mind. This we will do while building and maintaining a growing Pagan and Pagan-friendly community.

Eh, OK. I looked through their schedule as well and they do things like practicing divination, and study other things that I have absolutely no idea about, or am interested in. To each their own.

They also seem to want to do a lot of things for the needy, and I respect that a lot. I tried to send a thank you email to them for making these blankets for my kids, but the email bounced. Hopefully someday they will google themselves and be pushed to this post. To the Tigers Eye Temple people, thank you very much for volunteering your time. My kids loved these blankets and they still use them at home all the time. The blankets were very comforting - and they are made beautifully to boot!
I will be making a donation to my local chapter of Project Linus in the very near future.

1 comment:

Jonathan said...

Nice story. Good to hear that the kids are well.