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Abounding Fruits of Love

This is short story, of two indiviuals working in Home Health in NW Atlanta suburb,"Abounding Fruits of Love". One day a Speech Therapist was observing me knitting on a sweater during lunch break. In the conversation, she told me how therapeutic knitting and crocheting is to people with handicaps, especially the nursing home patients and home bound patients she visited on a daily basis. She told me she worked with teenagers of Austism. She gave her time on her off days and how knitting helped them to socialize and interact with people skills. She told me how the knitting and crocheting helps with the right and left side of the brain. How it responds with cognition and how people with demitia greatly benefit. This was so inspiring to me, to be able to work with your hands and in return, help so many people to live daily with difficulties..she later told me of patients, she visited, how many liked to do needle work, but living on a limited income could not afford materials. Well, this got me thinking... I had stashes of yarn and needles!I started announcing at work and at the knitting class in need for supplies of yarn and why. A bag was placed at the entrance of work for donations. Well, word got out and the reponse was so overwhelming. The speech therapist, had to purchase an electric ball winder, so she could get the yarn ready to give to them. She got chop sticks from donated chinese restaurants and sanded them down to a point to make wooden knitting needles.(for the first timer's). We were given box's and box's of left over yarn,front and back pieces not finished, but disclared and new skiens of yarn. A man even heard of our need for donations from the local yarn shop. He camem with boxes and boxes of yarn left by his departed mom who knitted. In those boxes was Loinbrand of yarn long ago. This helped with the supply of yarn for the patients and the teenagers with fun. They now have a purpose...to smile! By the way,"Mountain Mircales at Bisonview" is the name of the orgnaization for the families of handicapped indivduals,we supplied the yarn for knitting with the chop sticks! Speech Therapist,Aimee Painter, thank you for giving me the inspiration and the chance to help you with the need to give something to smile about...
Mountain Miracles of BishonView is located in Helen,Georgia, please visit it on line at www.mountainmiracles.org there is always a need to help the indivduals and their familes with needs....


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