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Thursday, October 2, 2014


This is my special friend, Kaylee.  She loves Sock Monkeys and she loves Candy.  
Not necessarily in  that order.......  

SURPRISE!   There was a basket at my front door.  It was from Kaylee.  

To her very own Halloween Candy she had attached cards, to be given out with the Sock Monkeys.  

This was her message:  

Kaylee is a very special girl.  She knows about childhood pain and what it is like to be in the hospital.  Born to an alcoholic mother, Kaylee spent the first year of her life in a Russian hospital.  The second year of her life was spent in a Russian orphanage where she learned as a one year old that there was never enough food, and she'd better scramble to get what she could.  Always hungry, always cold, never loved.  Not a life for a baby.  Or anyone for that matter.    

Because of some powerful inner strength, and/or a miracle, Kaylee defied statistics.   She lived.

Meanwhile, far away in California,  two parents had three boys, and they decided a little girl would make their family complete.  Off to Russia they went.  And who did they find in the orphanage?  

Blond little Raimonda.......AKA.......Kaylee.

Kaylee's message to the children is the message we hope she feels.  Our Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered all pain, shares hers, and although life is sometimes very difficult and not fair,  He knows.  And there really are angels who watch over us.  


This morning there was a gift in my email.  It was a note from one of the attorneys who received the monkeys for STUFFED WITH LOVE:


I am writing to thank you for the adorable sock monkeys you donated for distribution to the foster children when they appear in court.  It’s difficult to look at these darling monkeys without smiling.  We gave one away today to a little boy who stared at it and touched it’s face as he was sitting in court – as he appeared so scared.  What a marvelous distraction.  And, thank you so much for how generous you were to donate so many. 

These are confidential proceedings during which children are removed from their parents or appear and haven’t seen their parents for sometime.  Occasionally the children will see their parents who are wearing handcuffs and ankle chains because they are in custody.  It is so hard to see the trauma these events inflict on children, and I know that many will remember these court hearings all of their life.  It is wonderful to interject a cute moment, a smile or a distraction that these little monkeys will bring.  I wish I could send you pictures, but the hearings are confidential.

My heartfelt thanks to you for your generous gifts to these children.  

My response:

Each little monkey was sent with love.  To know that a little boy was comforted for a few minutes is to know that every stitch is worth it.  

Thank you!  Debi and April............Friends who help with MonkeyMakingss.