Or, I’m astounded.
On Thursday, we had a big shipping after our summer break. It was incredible. We shipped 1,625 scarves and 150 hats to 42 shelters. It turns out we forgot to include a few shelters, but we will take care of them next week. That makes our YTD totals 7,000 scarves, 750 hats, and 168 baby items. We hope to distribute around 11,000 by the end of the year. We have a long way to go to achieve that goal, but I think we’re in good shape to do so.
Another amazing story. On Wednesday, at the recommendation of one of our shelters, I called My City Youth Center. This shelter specializes in protecting children age 8-18. Yes, you read it correctly, age 8-18. Who are these children? They are runaways who have nowhere else to go. Some have tried to make it by becoming prostitutes. Some have been rescued from sex trafficking. (Maybe that’s the same as prostitution.) Many are pregnant. That’s how their name came to me. When we were offering baby items to our shelters, a shelter that didn’t need them suggested this shelter because they really need them. By the time we made contact, Handmade didn’t have any more baby items to share, but I promised that we would send some to them when we did. The director told me about their mission and their children. He felt they would benefit greatly from receiving our hats and scarves. I certainly hope they do, and I know you hope so as well.
Please keep scarfing and hatting. You can see the shelters depend on us.
Thanks for all you do.