Have you discovered Mindy Gledhill yet? She's a brilliantly creative and talented musician with a voice that I could listen to forever...which, in fact, I've been doing ever since reading Sandi Henderson's blog post about Mindy. She is stunning in every sense, and her lyrics are just as compelling as the gorgeous music that she creates. Mindy has a new album, ANCHOR, that I just cannot get enough of - as soon as I listened to her on YouTube I went to her website and ordered her 2 most recent CDs....and then played and replayed, and replayed again, all the songs and videos she has posted there until my CDs arrived. I think I probably boosted her number of hits by several hundred. You think I'm kidding.
I LOVE HER MUSIC! And that, my friends, is an understatement. You simply have to listen to it. My kids love it too, especially when they watch her visually captivating video "Anchor", where she is wearing various sets of butterfly wings:
Hazel runs and gets her wings on too and asks to watch it again...and again...and again. I'm in love with the line drawings halfway through the video. You can read about who helped Mindy with her fabulous, fabulous video on her blog. So go to Sandi's blog to read about Mindy and see all sorts of gorgeous photos of her, or go to Mindy's blog and/or website to see for yourself. She is very, very (did I say very?) talented.
So what does this have to do with my post title? Well, as I was glued to YouTube while (im)patiently waiting for my new CDs, I also found a video of this wonderful organization, One Heart Bulgaria, with Mindy's song from several years ago entitled "Child of Light". In 2009, Mindy went to Bulgaria to do benefit concerts for the orphans and conduct musical activities with the children. The pics on the video are from that trip.
I'm not kidding you, I sat there and cried for half an hour as I played and replayed this video over and over again. The combination of Mindy's powerfully tender song and the faces of those orphan children have pierced my heart indelibly. I determined that I had to do something to help and so I went to One Heart Bulgaria's website to see what I can do.
They are an outstanding non-profit organization, please go check it out and see what they are doing for the thousands of lonely, parentless children in Bulgaria. If you can, please donate money so they can continue to bless the physical and emotional needs of these precious children. There is also a music CD you can buy with "Child of Light" and several other inspirational songs on it that is a fundraiser for One Heart Bulgaria. I ordered one today, I can't wait to hear it. Christmas is coming, I'm sure it would be a great stocking stuffer!
My initial thought was to organize a quilt-making drive to ship quilts over to Bulgaria in time for Christmas, but the expense of shipping heavy quilts was too prohibitive. I contacted Deborah Gardner, the co-founder and president of OHB, and we're working on some ideas. One of the orphanages runs a sewing class, where the children learn to sew sheets and bedding for other orphanages. So one option would be a fabric drive to donate fabric to the orphanage.
I have also been thinking about organizing a drive to get volunteers to make the purse pouches (from the free tutorial in my sidebar) for each of the children to have. Considering that there are more than 5,000 orphans, that's much more do-able than quilts, and much lighter-weight too. Included in each pouch could be a cardstock bookmark that says "YOU ARE LOVED" in English on one side and Bulgarian on the other.
What do you think? Is that something any of you would be interested in? I'm planning on organizing some "sewing parties" here locally, where I would provide the fabric and have specified dimensions and instructions for the purse pouches. Is there anyone who might want to do a similar thing where you live? If so, please contact me and I'll send you the details when I have everything worked out. You could make a bunch and then send it to me, and after we had accumulated a large number I would ship it over to Bulgaria.
I'd prefer to get started quite soon on this project, before the big Holiday craziness happens. Wouldn't it be wonderful to provide a special little "treasure pouch" for each of these young children? It might make a huge difference in their lives to know that someone, somewhere, loves them and is aware of their needs clear across the world.