God Answers Prayer
I was in bed stuck and depressed and didn't want to get up. I had no desire to shower or get dressed. I made myself make my husband's dinner but that was all. He didn't understand me sleeping 20 hours a day and neither did I. This went on for 3 months. I was so discouraged I cried out to God many times 'This is not your plan for me, help me find a reason to get up with a purpose or an interest.' My Pastor's Mother asked me to go on a tour of 'Bags of Love.' I learned later they fill bags for children in crisis one Bag of Love at a time for newborns to age 17. In these bags there is toiletries, toys, books, clothes, warm coats, gloves, hats, scarfs, and homemade quilts. I had toured Bags of Love a year earlier without any interest at the time. I wanted to please my Pastor's Mother so I said I would go. The tour was exciting this time. It was my time. They offered me Tuesdays 10-12, and I could do that. Now I had my reason to get up and get dressed. After my first Tuesday afternoon, I found out almost all of the volunteers were also 2 hours a week. I knew I needed more, I could do more. The more I showed up the more they entrusted me with duties. I felt needed and depended on and I had a purpose. They were so grateful but how could they know they had done more for me than I had for them. Now I was volunteering on Wednesday 12-2 and on Thursday 10-2, working fund raisers and helping teach Teen Challenge girls to sew and learn home and job skills. God answered my prayer and led me to 'Bags of Love.' I now also help Campus Life Middle-schoolers on Tuesday nights with life challenges. Recently they had an all nighter and Fall retreat with I attended as a counselor. I'm 64 years old and I love my life. I'm a late bloomer. Thank you God for having patience with me. This is all a part of the plan for my life. Thanksgiving in coming up this week, I am one thankful person.
Review from #MyGivingStory
I joined Bags of Love over five years ago and have acted as Secretary and Operations Director for that time period. It as been a rewarding experience knowing that what I do helps so many children in crisis. Everyone is a volunteer--no paid staff--so each person plays an important role in making Bags of Love reach as many children in our community as possible, whether it is sewing bags and quilts, filling bags or delivering bags, serving on the Board, or helping with fundraising events. Our donors and sponsors play an important role, as well. It really is a community effort on behalf of local children in crisis. I enjoy meeting and working with all the people who devote their time, energy, and dollars to this wonderful non-profit organization.
I have volunteered at Bags of Love for almost three years and it's one of the best experiences of my retirement. All of the volunteers are selfless and give generously of their time and energy. Founder Di Barrong is an inspiration to me, and she has truly made a reality out of a powerful vision. Bags of Love helps our community's kids in crisis and nothing could be better than that.
I have been volunteering for a couple of years for Bags of Love. What a great organization. These bags are for kids that are in need. We fill home made bags with home made quilts, toys, toiletries, coats, underwear, socks and school bags. It amazing how much need there is in the community!! I'm glad to be a part of it.
I began with Bags of Love five years ago and have watched it grow from a one room operation to our present warehouse. Our volunteer list has grown as well as the number of agencies we serve and the donations. My own involvement has grow from six hour a week to ten or twelve. It has been exciting to work with a truly wonderful enthusiastic group of people and to see the gratitude of the agencies we serve.
Very well organized charity that helps kids in our community. They do a fabulous job and have a great group of volunteers that work hard and are truly committed. It is a pleasure to be there.
I have enormous admiration for the work Bags of Love does for traumatized and abused children. From the many big-hearted volunteers to the Board to the Founder, Di Barrong, it is an unparalleled organization. Love and compassion imbues everything they do and hope to do. My thanks for their contributions to children in our community,
This organization is a wonderful asset to our community. I truly enjoy the time that I spend with the other dedicated volunteers.
I heard of Bags of Love through a friend about a year ago, and I'm so glad I did! I was so impressed by their immaculate warehouse and shelves of quilts and clothing - but most of all I was impressed by how much love really does go into making a bag. Everyone at the organization is a volunteer - I was amazed to see how carefully all the contents of each bag were assembled. It's heartwarming to know that there is a child in need on the other end of that bag crammed with toys, clothes, sleepwear, and school supplies. This is definitely an organization worth giving your time to.