Tennessee... First I would like to tell you that there are side effects when you do this ministry. I was so amazed at this very touching story and I am going to put it down the way she told it.... My name is Darla Wolf and I started the ministry of "It's My Very Own" the Bags of Love back in May 18, 2006. We have really grown since we started, we have had help (donation wise) from the community, they have supplied almost all of our needs, we work interdenominational as we are working for the Lord and He is the Supreme Leader. Now I was working the program and felt the need to call to see if DCPS was ready for more bags. To hear the rest of the story click here...A great story.
Las Vegas, NV...I received a very interesting and uplifting phone call that told me we have a very good ministry for helping and loving children that need it now. Per our call she related that she was a retired Child Protective Supervisor from NYC, NY., just blocks from the World Trade Center. I wish I had her name, but I was so interested in what she had to say, I forgot to get it. She related to me "That she wished she had had this program when she was in service; that it has everything in the bag that is important, and not to change a thing." We discussed the importance of the hand made quilt. She said "I agree with you, that it does show that someone cared enough to make this for me," and she went on to say; "Don't underplay the bag itself; as that too is very important. These children are sometimes moved 3 or 4 times before we find the right foster home that can accommodate them. They have only a garbage bag or grocery bag to carry what few belongings they have. This bag is wonderful; now they have their own "luggage!" These, the hand-made quilt and the bag are two(2) items these children will cherish the rest of their lives. It is important to place a label on them so they will be able to contact you when they are ready or so desire." She continued "It may take a couple of years but some will. I know because some of the children I had to remove have! I was even invited to the wedding of one such child! Praise God for this Ministry and please continue as the need is so great. I was thrilled when I saw this ministry on 3ABN, I had to call you right away! God bless you and this ministry." I might add that I received this call at 2:30 in the morning. You never know when God will call!
Florence, SC. Dorothy Branch.....called as she was traveling down the highway in her 18 wheeler to tell me this wonderful story. She said "I was one of those foster children, I wish that I had been given one of those "Bags of Love!" Then she told me how she heard about our ministry. "I was watching 3ABN one evening and your interview with Danny came on and I was so taken by your ministry and I cried because I was a foster child. This is a much needed program and I could feel the joy that they must feel in receiving such a bag. I love the order that you place the items in there as well, it's the perfect order having the quilt in the bottom and the stuffed animal at the top. What a treasure to have a handmade quilt, it shows that someone out there loves me. I would have kept it the rest of my life if I had had one. God bless you for starting this wonderful ministry. I would like to start this program in my church and community. When I get home I will be ordering a Manual." All I could reply was thank you for those very encouraging words. Praise God.
Apatche Junction, Az. This story comes from a Chapter of IMVO in Arizona, they just started in April of 2007, and already they have distributed 75 bags. This story is centered around one of these bags and let's us see how important that it is to have handmade quilts in our bags. The person who wrote this story asked to remain anonymous. Click on the following link to see just how much our Bags of Love mean to even the smallest of children......
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