can you imagine your child not having a blanky? something that is just their own, something that soothes them, has been through all of their ups and downs, something that comforts them, and is just always there. even if your child has never attached to one blanky or stuffed animal, wouldn't it be so sad if they navigated their little life without the option of something like that?
foster kids (or homeless kids) often don't have anything close to that. i don't think it's necessarily the lack of financial resources but more just not thinking beyond meeting the child's need for food, shelter, and healthcare. i was SO surprised when matthew came into our home with the most beautiful handmade QUILT with all kinds of brightly colored "boy" fabrics and his name embroidered in the corner. wow! this was a work of love. i noticed a tag sewn to another corner with a website. i found out that binky patrol is an organization that commissions crafters all over the country to make knit, crochet, or sewn blankets for "forgotten" children. there are groups of people all over the country that get together to create these special pieces for the needy children in their community. you don't have to do much to make your own group. you just send .41 to binky patrol to get 30 labels to sew into your creations. they can give you info on a group that will distribute the blankets or you can just take them directly to a foster agency or shelter.
i may never know who lovingly put together that one of a kind quilt for the special one in my life, but i will be ever grateful. she thought of him when no one else was. if that's not an expression of God's love in a tangible way i don't know what is.