Hearts and Hands has been in operation almost 9 years, and the ladies have taken rolls of material kindly donated and made vast quantities of items including cushions and cushion covers, shopping bags which fit on frames, knitted blankets and quilts and soft toys. This is the story of one of the blankets which H & H gave to Perthshire Women’s Aid. It fell into the hands of Sarah (not her real name), a lady who had been subjected to domestic abuse. H & H had never even heard of her ... until last week ... when the following email was received by the Church webmaster:
“This might be an odd request. Do you still have a sewing group and if so do you have a contact for them? Many years ago I was at women’s aid in Perth and we were given these beautiful blankets. I remember they were made by people at your church. I was so happy to be given one and it meant the world to me at the time (I still have it) I couldn't believe someone had worked so hard on something and given it to me.
I now work in a refuge for women asylum seekers and refugees and was wondering if we would be eligible for a donation if you were still making the quilts. I know it’s probably a long shot as that was many years ago now but thought I would ask.”
Following Sarah’s email receipt at the Church Website it was passed on to Dorothy Logan. During lockdown she and others have been busy making facemasks and other much-needed items. A stock of items suitable for refugees and asylum seekers had accumulated, and Dorothy thought these might be of use to the charity which Sarah now works for. A quick car trip to the Big City last Sunday delivered a selection of goods to Sarah who was both surprised and delighted to receive them. They will be used to help a small group of Pakistani and Sudanese asylum-seeking women. One rarely hears a blanket story like this.
Thanks to Hearts and Hands – and keep sewing the labels on!
Hearts and Hands is a venture, comprising a few ladies in the Crieff congregation, who meets up once a month to do some craft and handywork, specifically to produce blankets, cushions and other needed materials for people in need. Since Covid-19 limitations, the ladies have been working from home.