I met Lisa Barlow through a Power of Moms Retreat a couple years ago and she told me about the HOPE project that she started after her own challenging experience being on bedrest with her twins. As I had to be on modified bedrest when I was pregnant with my twins, I imediately felt a kinship.
For several years now, Lisa has worked with other great moms to put together wonderful care packages for moms who are facing scary and often painful situations in the hospital and sadly have to be away from their families during the holidays. She's secured donations, lined up a bunch of great moms to sew cute bags, and gathered moms together to stuff the bags and take them to moms at all the hospitals in the area.
This year, the Hope project did over 300 bags.
I was excited to be a hands-on part of last week's effort. Since I was delivering the books that Power of Moms was donating (Deliberate Motherhood: 12 Powers of Peace, Purpose, Order and Joy) to go into the bags, I figured I might as well stick around and help stuff the bags while enjoying a lovely morning chatting with a bunch of wonderful moms.
Here's what went in the bags:
I love that there are such great people in this world! And I'm so happy that 300 moms will enjoy an extra dose of love and hope during their hospital stays this Christmas.
For more information about the Hope Project, visit http://utahhopeproject.blogspot.com/