Monday, December 19, 2011

Turning a Necklace into a Coat....Part Two....

What an amazing whirlwind of a week I have had!

It started with a prayer for a boy when I noticed him getting off the bus without a coat. I prayed for God to make a way for our family to buy him a coat....

He answered that prayer with requests for this "blessed" necklace that I started making a few weeks ago.
After selling 4 of these necklaces, we bought and delivered the first coat one week ago and I took a little time to blog about how God had answered that prayer and.....
 wouldn't you know....
there were so many others that wanted to help out too!

So....over the past week I made and sold a total of 48 of these little necklaces! All of the proceeds went to buying more coats for the children at the after school program that this little boy attends. So, I loaded up my three kiddos and off we went to buy coats.
We were able to buy 10 coats!!

My sweet babies we so proud of these coats!

We loaded up the car and went to deliver the coats.....
I have to say that this center is literally right around the corner from our home and in the 6 years that we have lived here I never knew the great things that they were doing for those children.
Children Are People is an after school program that believes that there is no amount of disadvantage in life that can keep you from doing the things you believe in. "Mr. Fred Bailey founded the program in 2000. Mr. Bailey is one of fifteen children of sharecroppers. He was born without the gift of full sight and despite an intimate relationship with disadvantage, he received a Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University, worked at General Electric and served as a middle school and high school wrestling coach."
I am so very proud of this man. He knows what it means to be a constant in these children's lives, and his encouragement, along with all of the volunteers at the center, are really changing lives!

I am so happy to be standing next to Mr. Bailey delivering coats!

I am smiling as I write this because I truly feel so blessed to be a part of this! I want to thank all of you who supported our effort in any way. Some of you bought necklaces, some of you sent encouraging words my way daily, and some of you simply stopped to pray for us.
The blessing of something so simple as a coat will mean so much to these children, and as much as we were trying to bless them, in the process you all blessed our family so much too!
I am so proud that our children got to see what it means to give selflessly, to remember how blessed we are, and to always know that when we pray God hears us!

Mr. Bailey left me with saying this, "I don't know how God works, I just know that He does!"

I could not agree more! So to Mr. Bailey, Susan, Stephanie and all the other many volunteers there at CAP, thank you for teaching me again what it means to be blessed and to share that with others.

And to YOU....that's right....if you are reading this I am talking to you.....thank you for taking the time to read this. I know our lives are so full and it's hard to find time to slow down, but you did and I thank you. This blog has given me a voice in the world far beyond the creative crafts that I share and for that I am so very, very grateful!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and are able to take a little time to count your blessings too!


  1. Carmella, what a fabulous post and wow, 10 more coats. Obviously you have really hit upon the spirit of the season. Big hug to your generous self. :)

  2. I love, love this! And more importantly, you made a huge difference for someone, and made them feel loved. You are such a great example friend, I am so grateful to know YOU!

  3. That is amazing, you have such a heart of gold.

  4. Carmella! You are so good! This post brought tears to my eyes. How wonderful of you to do something so kind and selfless during such a rushed and busy season. And that warms my heart that your kids got to join in the blessing. Thank you for showing me what matters today. This is awesome. Awesome!

  5. Carmella,
    That is so awesome and heartwarming! PTL! Thank you for sharing your story. It is so inspiring!!!!


  6. What an amazing job you did! I'm sure those kids were smiling when they saw their warm new coats! :)

  7. What an amazing story!! Great picture!

  8. I love this story! God answered your prayer to help in a great way! How exciting!!!


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