Blessing Basket delivers hope, help, and a lasting impact

May 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Amy Cervantes, volunteer executive director, recently shared the following chapter from our volunteer storybook during a recent interview on the Eric and Erica Morning Show on New Life, 91.9.

A volunteer delivered a Blessing Basket to a homeless mother and her five-day old newborn boy. When she walked into the room of this small transitional housing program she found the woman sitting on a couch with the baby next to her, wrapped only in a towel.  This new mother had hardly any expression at all on her face; at a time when most new moms are filled with the profound joys and excitement of parenthood.

As our volunteer approached the woman and her child, she quickly greeted her with an enthusiastic smile and congratulations, and explained that the large basket she was carrying was filled with new baby essentials, clothing and gifts, all for her baby boy.  This woman’s expression and body language immediately changed, as though the weight of the world had been lifted from her shoulders.  She stood to hug our volunteer as she gasped in disbelief and tearfully mumbled her thanks over and over.

Together, they began looking through the basket’s items.  The woman held blankets and baby clothes to her face to take in the freshness of the new gifts. She took time to explore each item – every bottle, pacifier, bib, burp cloth, and more – with childlike enthusiasm and gratitude. She learned how to swaddle her baby, and then dressed the child in a tiny layette.

When our volunteer left, the expressionless mother she had met when she arrived was smiling, hopeful, and cradling her new baby boy with tenderness and joy.  It was a total transformation; a testament that a seemingly small act of kindness and support can have an enormous impact for someone in need, and one that made a lasting impact in the life of our volunteer as well.

Click here to listen to Amy’s interview with Eric and Erica.

Be sure to read Erica’s blog about Birthday Blessings here!

Now in its second year, our Blessing Baskets program continues to help celebrate and support the arrival of homeless babies in shelters and housing programs across the greater Charlotte area. To date, more than 115 homeless babies have been blessed with a basket, providing each with a healthy and positive start to life.

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