Back in September I did a #CelebratingOthers post on an awesome young lady - Julia Jones. In case you missed it, please check it out here: https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8419704882675526179#editor/target=post;postID=7840506595388186815;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=postname
She has been home for less that a week but was excited to share with me (and our quilt guild), and now you, about her fantastic trip to Tanzania and visiting many orphans and children at the City of Hope School in Ntagacha over the Christmas Holidays. She was instrumental in being a liaison of over 30 handmade quilts donated by my guild: Southern Comforters of Bowie, Maryland. Bravo to our quilt makers and a huge thank you too!
Julia traveled there with her church group from Pennsylvania and and reported back to me that there were many students in the school, but the children who received the quilts were all orphans; many of whom lost their parents due to war or illness. The City of Hope School offers one of the best academic programs in their nation, which give the children a way out of poverty. In addition to the school, they also have a medical center that offers treatment for malaria and helps safely birthed children from the surrounding areas.
I could not be more proud of Julia and her church group in giving back on so many levels, especially at Christmastime. They truly felt the true spirit of the season; "they" being both the givers and receivers on any gift bestowed on them (time, tangible gifts and love to all those kids!)
The photos below are from Julia with some of the kids and their quilts. These moments are priceless, no doubt, and I am thankful that Julia shared them with me. I think they capture "a picture is worth a thousand words," don't you?
BSoleille! The bright side of spreading cheer in Tanzania!
Welcome to my Blog of my daily gratitude and photo of the day!
Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two (or paragraph or two) about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!