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Keeping Kids Warm
Created By: DONNA ATKINSON-WILSON

My story starts many years ago. I am the oldest of 10 children. I have 5 brothers and 4 sisters. As a child i was always helping out My Mom with the care of My other siblings. my Mom was a great Woman and tried very hard to provide the needs and neccessities of life for Us Kids.My father was an alcoholic and could not keep a job.i think he tried but to no avail to quit and it continued into My Adult life.The other person who had a great impact on My life was My maternal Grandmother. Without her constant help I do not know how we would have survived. Every weekend She would show up at Our home with groceries and clothes for all of Us.

I think because of the things both My Mom and Grandma did for Usthat is why I started Keeping Kids warm in 2003.

My Mom passed away in 1987 at the age of 50 from cancer. My Grandma and i could not deal with it. i took care of everyone else and well My Grandma went away for a while to grieve,I had two children plus My siblings to take care of. My marriage was failing and everything just went bad. it was almost two years before I was able to see My Grandma and I was extremely happy at this. I had missed her terribly but knew She needed time .At this point i was divorced and trying to start a new life with My children.Being a single MOM was not easy but I knew in My heart I could do it. Visiting My Grandma often made it easier for me, as she tried and wanted to help Me as She had done for My Mom nad family.At this point My Grandma was 80 years old.

I did and still do hold Me grandam and Mom's values in life very dearly. When I was about 8 My Mom taught Me how to knit.Thats how I started with what would be My calling in life.

In December of 2002 i received a phone call that totally devasted me. My Cousin called to tell me that Our grandmother had a massive heart attack and had passed away.There are no words to tell you how i felt. Next to My Mom and My children she was the most important person in My Life and I loved her so much.It was then that I also realized finally just how much i missed My Mom.

It took me months to try and figure out why this had happened to such a great person.

A couple months later I had surgery on My hand and the Doctors told me not to knit for a while. I was in such a state of depression that I did not not know what to do with Myself.My Son jason and daughter maureen were trying to help but that didnt even help. My Grandson Tyler who was 7 at the time was the only one who helped.I took Tyler to the funeral and He said "Don't cry Grandma cause Your the Grandma now"

I think sometimes that was the only thing that kept me going.

Then one night I was sitting at home alone and contemplated doing a really silly thing.

The good thing was that is when I started knitting again as therapy. I knit 40 scarves.What do I do with them!!!!

well thats when i came up with the idea to donate them to the Homeless teens living on the streets of London,Ontario.From there I put an ad in the paper looking for people to help me with this project. It was amazing the response I received. i was even asked to go on TV and talk about the homeless problem in Our community.So in May of 2003 I received My Charity License and had about 50 volunteers to knit for me. It has been a tough thing to do,trying to get financial support and office space but I am still trying. We have fund=raisers and raffles to try and make ends meet. I am always looking for yarn and knitted and crocheted items to gve to the Homeless. Their are alot of really good people out there and I cant thank them enough for all they do.We have helped almost 600 Kids in the past 4 years and will continue to do so for as long as their are kids living Homeless.

We hold anannualevent in London called knit Out London day in August and it is always a good time.We also partici[pate in localevents to help and spread the word about what we are trying to do.

I know that in My heart if I could just get one child to go home by giving them something warm to wear on a cold winter night that would be the best gift i could ask for. My Children have always been with me and i knew where they were.Just like My Mom always wanted us to be safe.

I know inMy heart i made the right decision.i would like to think My Mom and grandma are looking down and being proud of what I am trying to do.Thats what makes it important for me.

Both My Friends and family have always been supportive of what I am trying to do. Even My Grandchildren know and help me out when they can. I get them involved with projects as much as I can.They need to know that their are Kids out their who dont have anything or anyone to care for them.

Our Children are important and they need to know that someone cares.

Due tothe friends i have made i have also been able to help with Cgristmas sponsorship as well as Young teen moms in Our community.

In short i would just like to Thank My Mom and grandmother for teaching Me how to knit and being a good person.I never thought that this would be something i would be doing in life. I want to also thank all the great ladies and gentlemen who have helped me to succeed in what i am trying to do. Without them it wouldnt happen.

So to me knitting has been My calling in life...

Thank You...Donna


 
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