Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Making a delivery followed by a celebration lunch

We Chicks made our delivery this morning to the USCRI which has been helping refugees begin new lives in the Capital Region since 2005. Families arrive here having fled war and persecution, sometimes with just one suitcaseful of items for several people.
Jen, on the far left, invited clients to start shopping.

We saw firsthand our knitted goods being selected to be put to good use.

There was a gentleman who had just become a new father so we were thrilled to see the big smile on his face as he shopped for his precious newborn.

His new baby will be properly dressed for our cool spring weather.

The director, Jill, came to help clients select items. It felt like Christmas!

Yaser, on the far right, also helped his clients choose much needed garments.

A shy newcomer to our country is flanked by two warm and generous members of USCRI.

Ruslan, who also works at the center, was having as much fun as his clients checking out the goods.

It was a great day and we all felt the "warm fuzzies" from the experience of being able to help those in need.

But all the excitement made us hungry so we were off to a delicious lunch at the Albany Pump Station to celebrate breaking the 1,000 count. Today's donation came to a final count of 103 items.
That means that since we Chicks started knitting together almost five years ago we have donated 1,007 items. Thank you Chicks for your generosity and dedication. And thank you God for blessing us with the talents so that we may help those in need.


Karin said...

What an awesome day!! I got all teary all over again when I told my family about the young man who picked out clothes for his baby. He didn't look for himself at all!

Thank you Jody for being an enabler in the best sense. :) We could not do this without you.

AlisonH said...

That is just SO cool! Congratulations to all of you, recipients and knitters both!

bmash said...

Great, Great work. Congratulations to all of you on a job well done!

lizbeth said...

Jody and Chicks,
What a wonderful day you had giving to those in need. I wish I could have been there. See you all soon.