Several years ago senior missionaries from the Visitors Center began an humanitarian baby blanket project. A member from the US makes knitted baby caps, down here we buy fleece and cut it up for baby blankets. Since June Leslie has taken over spearheading the project. She and I go downtown and buy fleece about once a month.
She invites others to help cut the fleece and make
it into baby bundles with a blanket, cap, a poem, and an invitation to visit the Visitors Center. When we get together to do the project we have a great time and get a lot done in a hurry. Leslie also enjoys cutting fleece and making bundles by herself when it is not convenient to have a group activity.
Sometimes the men even get involved. Here we are making the bundles
These are bundles we made up to give away Christmas eve morning: white blankets, red a green hats.
Mexico City has an infants and maternity hospital for women of very modest means. At times these mothers have no clothes for their babies when they go home after a one day stay. The blankets and hats at least gives them something to take the babies home in. Normally we go to the hospital once or twice a month and give away between 40-60 per visit.
The hospital is about 15 minutes away (by taxi) from the Visitors Center. When we go we take two sister missionaries who actually give away the bundles. We stand out in the hall with the bags of bundles. The women are in rooms which hold 6 mothers each.