Thursday, January 14, 2010

Walter and Lorene: Sew on!

Listening to the news from Haiti is staggering these days. The extent of human suffering and pain is overwhelming. I visited the website of my favorite disaster relief charity (Mennonite Central Committee) and came across this video. This couple has been sewing bags. Lots and lots of bags.

(there is a video if you follow this link, I could not get it to embed.)
Sewing kit bags

These kit bags become useful school supply kits with basic supplies such as paper, pencils, eraser, ruler and colors. They are often distributed to children after disasters such as what has happened in Haiti, it helps children find some sort of normalcy after a trauma and of course the bag is useful. I was struck that this couple are doing something in the shop that really makes a difference. Sometimes something as simple as sewing a little bag can help someone out there.

Here are the directions for making the bag. (They've made 8000?!)  Looks pretty simple. And then they can be dropped off at any of the following locations.

I've heard recent comments from Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson about the tragedy. Limbaugh suggested that there was no point in sending aid. Robertson suggested that historically the people of Haiti are spiritually to blame for the devastation. Some people have a lot to say, some of it almost as sad as the tragedy itself. And some people have a lot to sew. Rush and Pat will never get my attention, they have nothing I want.

All over the world there are bags 
Made in a humble workshop
By Walter and Lorene, 
Bags that give people in crisis 
A spot to stash what little they have left. 
That's compassion. 
And as far as I'm concerned, 
That's a beautiful thing!

Want to get involved?

1 - UNDERSTAND: Read more about the work of Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti

2 - DONATE: here's how:
* Online at
* By telephone toll free – 1-888-622-6337 (Canada) or 1-888-563-4676 (U.S.)
* By mail –       MCC and MCC U.S., P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501 or
                         MCC Canada, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9

3 - PRAY.  Never underestimate the power of compassion and prayer.  (Ok, so this should have been higher up that list.

4 - SEW!  =) 

With a prayer for the people of Haiti and gratitude for all the Walter's and Lorene's of the world,
-Carmen Rose

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