What a blessed afternoon we had! John is back from his yearly check-up at the Royal London Hospital and has dropped off the five blankets. He took the blankets to the dialysis unit where two of the nurses helped him give the blankets to two of the poorly folk who needed it most. The nurses will give the remaining three blankets, and the other two that I will be sending by post, to the other patients when they are in the dialysis unit again.
John and I are both so happy that the blankets would be used where it is most needed – right there in the very cold dialysis unit of the hospital where John & Pieter’s kidney transplant took place. We were told that blankets couldn’t be given out to people in the dialysis unit of a hospital due to the health & safety issues and hygiene. The plan was that the blankets would go to those who go through dialysis at home, but this way is so much better. The patients who receive our crocheted blankets would keep their blankets at home and only bring it in to the unit when they come for their dialysis sessions. No hygiene or health & safety issues! Yeah!
I am now even more fired up to start Crochet for Kidneys Part 2! Today we saw what a difference those loving made blankets have made, and that’s what counts. In total seven people will receive something useful and tangible that will bring them comfort and hope.
To quote what John wrote on the twoguysonekidney blog:
I had the pleasure of personally handing over two of the blankets to two very happy and amazed people. They were so pleasantly surprised that a complete stranger would come and hand over such a lovely gift to them. And that’s exactly why we decided to do it. We’re all connected, and we’re all a part of God (not apart from God) so what we do for others, we also do for ourselves.
Oh, the way he is hugging the blanket… Bless him 🙂
What a wonderful idea. I love John’s words here: “We’re all connected, and we’re all a part of God (not apart from God) so what we do for others, we also do for ourselves. “
John’s words really touched my heart. Both you and John are really kind to donate the blankets to those people. The happiness and satisfaction of the people who earned it is the price for this hardwork.
And John had donated his kidney. It’s really noteworthy. Not many people are willing to do that for sure. You two are just amazing.
Wish you all good and my prayers will always be with you two.
Lynette Coetzer said:
Natasja, dit is amazing wat julle gedoen het. Ek dink nie ons besef altyd die impak van ons dade nie. Ek weet net, elkeen wat deel gehad het aan die projek, sal ryklik deur God geseën word vir julle onbaatsugtigheid, en julle liefde vir julle medemens. Ek het ‘n knop in my keel en moet die trane keer…. Dit is regtig awesome wat julle gedoen het!!!
Aaah, baie dankie Lynette vir jou mooi woorde. Ek stem heeltemal saam dat almal wat betrokke was by die kombersies gaan gebless word, net soos die mense wat die komberse ontvang. My man sê altyd “be the change you want to see in the world.” ‘n Goeie daad moet mos êrens begin, dit kan netsowel begin met ons met ons wol en hekelpenne 🙂
I’m so proud to have been able to contribute to this. It is so moving to see how much the blankets were appreciated by the recipients.
The blankets look brilliant and just to see the faces of the patients in the unit must give John and yourself so much pleasure. Its a pity the blankets can’t be used in the unit for H&S reasons, but understandable. However, if the home HD patients “own” their blankets, then they can bring them into the unit if and when they are unable to dialyse at home. I am sorry I missed the event itself, but I am definitely signing up to the next one. Bring it on Natasja …. !! xx
Thanks Gill. What you said about HD patients taking their blankets home is exactly what the nurses told John. Now that we know our blankets can be used as we intended them to be, we going to really “bring it on” as you said. It will be great to have you on board for the next one!
You guys are so very awesome! I am sure the love that was put into those blankets will last forever. Bless you all. 🙂
Thanks 🙂 I also think the love will keep on going forever 🙂
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