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Saturday, December 24, 2011

* Be an Angel of Hope *

It's Christmas Eve and I want to help spread hope through the world. Will you join me?

Two years ago I discovered an amazing online organization called Angels For Hope (AFH). They send free crocheted angels (or butterflies or smiley faces) to any ill or injured person who is in need of hope. The attached card tells them that they are not alone, others do care, and they are being thought of and prayed for. In 2010, AFH delivered 85,571 crocheted items. Their goal for 2011 is to finish out the year by touching 86,500 lives. It's a very large goal but they say with faith - and our help - they know they can achieve it!

"Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself..."
~Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 1976

I sent a request to Angels of Hope for a crocheted angel to be mailed to a friend of mine in the hospital who was going through a very difficult time. She told me the angel was so lovely and it really made her feel better. She then decided to ask AFH to send a crocheted butterfly to another needy person, continuing the chain of hope!

Angels For Hope offers their crocheted items free of charge, but they do hope you will feel moved to donate. They are also asking for people who are willing to crochet.

This holiday season, as you embrace your loved ones and celebrate peace and giving, don’t forget to share the gift of hope through service to others... perhaps by sending an angel to a soul who desperately needs to be lifted up.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Blessings to All!
~* Shannon *~

“Christmas Gift Suggestions:  
To your enemy, forgiveness.  
To an opponent, tolerance.  
To a friend, your heart.  
To a customer, service.  
To all, charity.  
To every child, a good example.  
To yourself, respect.”  
~Oren Arnold

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