My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Bags of Love, Eugene, OR, USA
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.