Mother’s Day memories at Blessings in the Storm

July 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

CHARLOTTE, NC – Blessings in the Storm seeks to be a bridge that takes women and children from homelessness and addiction to being independent and self-sufficient. Sheila Adams, long-time Birthday Blessings friend and Volunteer Party Coordinator, shares her memories from our May Blessings in the Storm celebration.

I helped the ladies paint their babies’ feet or hands to put on clay pots for Mother’s Day. The moms loved the idea, but some of the babies had ticklish feet!  Also, one little girl didn’t want her hands painted. She kept closing her little hands up into fists so I couldn’t paint them!

This was a special time of closeness for me as a volunteer — both physically and emotionally — as I watched the proud mommies carefully paint the names of their children on the pots.  We had impatiens, which were donated by Roundtree Plantation, so the ladies were able to choose which color they wanted, and volunteers planted the flowers into the pots for the moms.

In addition to celebrating Mother’s Day with all the moms, Sheila led the celebration for a one-year-old girl’s birthday, along with one mom’s birthday. Two babies were honored with Blessing Baskets filled with baby-care essentials to help meet their basic needs.

We offer a huge thank you to Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, who donated a tasty meal of chicken, pork, yummy side dishes, and tea.

In addition to serving as the Volunteer Party Coordinator at Blessings in the Storm, Sheila volunteers regularly at our offices, processing donations, wrapping gifts, stuffing goodie bags, whatever needs to be done! We are so grateful to Sheila and our volunteer staff of 30 people, who allow us to make each and every birthday we celebrate one to remember for the children and families we serve.


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