We Can All Do Something

I am kind of between “volunteer assignments” for a couple of weeks.  Being the type of person who gets bored easily, I started to think about what constructive thing I could do with these several weeks.  I don’t have a lot of money or a lot of talent.  Then I got to thinking about how Mercy Ships needs patient care kits for their patients.  Their patients arrive at the ship with literally nothing more than the clothes they are wearing, so the kinds of things American patients bring to the hospital with them have to be provided by the ship.  To help with this kind of project doesn’t require much.  Articles for the kits are sometimes provided by organizations, but the bags themselves are sometimes hard to come by.  However, if you have time on your hands, you can easily sew a 14-18 inch bag.  There are lots of simple patterns in Walmart for tote bags.  If you want to line your tote, you can, but if you have fairly strong fabric, you can finish off the edge with bias tape or blanket binding, or just hem it.  Handles for your tote can be cord or fabric you have sewed onto the edge of the tote.  You can also make drawstring bags.  Just make them 14 to 18 inches across and deep, sew a hem at the top and thread in some cord.   I just bought enough fabric remnants to make 15 bags.  They cost me an average 60 cents per remnant in the remnant bin at Walmart.  You can decorate your bags any way you like.

If you want to fill your bag, you can put in the little comfort items you yourself like when traveling.  Toothbrush, toothpaste, a bar of soap, comb, hand held mirror, some wet wipes, lip balm, lotion–that sort of thing.  No need to add a towel or wash cloth–those are provided on the ward.  If you want to make a bag for a child, you can decorate it with children’s themes and add a small stuffed toy.

When you are ready, you can mail your bags filled or unfilled to:

Mercy Ships   P.O. Box 2020   Garden Valley, TX  75771

This could also be a great idea for a group project–or a scavenger hunt to get the “filler” items.  We can all do something.  Meanwhile, check out the website www.mercyships.org.


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