Messages like “Home, Sweet Home” are fairly common in the world of needlepoint, but for some homeless people, homes—and sweet messages—are hard to come by.
That’s why one Australian woman resolved to use her sewing skills to help provide warmth and comfort to those in need.
As part of her New Year’s resolution in 2015, Maribelle Pokonia decided to start collecting blankets and distributing them to hundreds of Sydney’s homeless.
“Everyone,” she told a Mormon Newsroom, “needs a blanket of love.”
She didn’t want to simply warm their bodies, but their hearts as well. She asked her friends to send her messages of “hope, love and empowerment,” so she could stitch these sentiments as daily reminders for the downtrodden.
Her friends helped her by using needlepoint to physically sew the inspirational statements onto each blanket.
Some of the motivational messages include:
“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.”
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
“We are all worth more than the worst thing we have done.”
Pokonia has given away hundreds blankets to the homeless — keeping that New Year’s resolution and inspiring the world with every stitch.
Story from GoodNewsNetwork.