I don’t know if it’s normal to think about it, but still I do often. Every time I finish a new charity project. Every time another hat, preemie-sized item, or blanket square goes into the box, I ask it. What difference does this make?
Honestly when it comes down to it, these items don’t come close to touching the needs found in the world. Famine. Disease. Hunger. Homelessness. Addiction. Violence. Hurt. Loneliness… The truth is, one hat doesn’t cure anything.
“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”
- Mother Teresa
38 hats. One drop in the ocean. What difference can it make? All the difference in the world. One year ago I got the call from a friend that actor Cory Monteith was dead. Although I’m not a fan of Glee, it still hit hard. A day later, I read of how Monteith was deeply committed to ending youth homelessness. In spite of his own struggles and demons, he sought to help. This to me is his legacy. This should not be forgotten..
So I grabbed my knitting needs and began, seeking to make hats by Cory’s next birthday to be given to local youths. He would have turned 32 this year, so that was the number I sought to complete. Soon my mother helped, crocheting hats to join the collection. Today we wrapped up the box with 38 hats inside.
38 hats. Most likely these will keep a young person’s head warm this winter and little more. Perhaps some will be misplaced before winter is over. Yet the simple act of making a hat - or giving a hug, smiling, towards them, or a million other things - is a small way of telling someone, “You are loved. You are important. You matter.”
And that can - and does - make all the difference in the world.
Happy belated birthday, Cory.
Donny’s brother Tommy writing about Donny and the true friends Donny made in the house :Zach,Hayden,Paola,Brittany,Jocasta,
Another dream with me back in the Big Brother house. Was having a late-night pop tart party with Donny while I was sewing together the pink hat. Caleb was in the living room giving a whole talk about Donny being rain man.
I looked at Donny and made a comment like, “Next thing you know they’ll say you’re the Doctor.” Donny just grinned, and suddenly the TARDIS appeared in the living room. Out comes Zach asking if we’re ready to go.
Favourite Movies: Matilda (1996)"Everyone is born, but not everyone is born the same. Some will grow to be butchers, or bakers, or candlestick makers. Some will only be really good at making Jell-O salad. One way or another, though, every human being is unique and special, for better or for worse."
the real hero this season