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About Stitches Of Unconditional Love
Stitches of Unconditional Love (SOUL) was started in 2012 after we heard about It's My Very Own Bags of Love being made by a group in Kentucky.  We have found this activity to be a great blessing for the children and to ourselves.  The DHS and the foster parents have told us what a joy it is, and how grateful they are for the children to receive the Bags of Love. Getting together each week and doing something worthwhile for others, especially for children, is extremely rewarding, and for most participants it is also a chance to get out and meet others in the community. Since starting this project we have made and distributed about 100 quilts and Bags of Love per year. We started in Hot Spring County and since then we have added Clark County, Pike County, Saline County, Perry County, Montgomery County, Howard County and Polk County.

About Bags of Love
Each Bag of Love is handmade and contains a handmade quilt, a large, new stuffed bear (15" or larger), personal items, a new toy, an activity kit or puzzle, another new (smaller) stuffed animal, a Bible or New Testament, and other miscellaneous items.  Bags are age and gender specific. Each quilt and each Bag is  uniquely designed-- there are no two alike even if the colors and patterns may be similar.

Why Bags of Love
The local Dept of Children and Family Services may remove a child from his/her home at any time, maybe even in the middle of the night, because of drug use or family violence.  The child may see the parent or parents arrested and taken away in handcuffs leaving the child frightened and alone.  If Methamphetamines were being used, the child can take nothing with him/her but the clothes on his/her back.  A Bag of Love is something that child can call his/her own. We have also made quilts for a few adults who were ill and confined to their home. We thought this a good way to let them know they were not forgotten and it seemed to bring them joy.

Our Mission
To show God's love and our love to children who, at this critical time, may be feeling frightened and alone, and to enrich the lives of adults who highly value community involvement or who may be lonely or discouraged.

. . . . Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40.

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