Don't Cry...I'm Here

Volunteer Workshop and Drop-Off Day for “Don’t Cry…I’m Here”

Volunteer Workshop Day for Don’t Cry…I’m Here was a success!! We got a lot of work done and received some wonderful donations from Deb Fjeld. She brought in many beautifully crocheted Winter Hats and Headbands and some of her Handmade Scented Soaps for our Teen Girls. Ohhhhh yummmmy….the soap smells wonderful!!

Here are some photos!!

Our “Welcome” Card Station.

 

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Our Knitting, Crocheting and Hoop Knitting Station.

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A Doll Quilt in process.

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Our Sign-In Table.

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Our Sewing Table.

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Sweet Smelling Scented Handmade Soap for our Girl Teen Totes dropped off by Deb Fjeld.

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Lots of beautifully made hats dropped off by Deb Fjeld.

St. Cloud, Minnesota Refugee Children Need a WELCOME…So “Don’t Cry…I’m Here” Will Be There To Do That

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Here are a few photos from our delivery of a Boy Buddy Bear Gift Tote Bags to Lutheran Social Service in St. Cloud, MN.  St. Cloud refugee children need our “Welcome”….and we will be there to “Welcome” them. Thanks everyone….for helping us welcome them.

“Don’t Cry…I’m Here” is featured in a blog on Unitecloud

https://www.unitecloud.org/dont-cry-im-here/

The Center for Victims of Torture Received “Don’t Cry…I’m Here” Doll and Bear Gift Tote Bags for 2 of Their Infants

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Here are a few photos from our delivery of Doll/Bear Gift Tote Bags to The Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul, MN. We delivered 1 – 18″ Infant Doll Tote Bag and 1 – Infant Boy Buddy Bear Tote Bags. I always enjoy delivering to CVT….they do such wonderful work for our refugee families. They are so grateful for the “Welcome” gifts we provide to their children. Thanks everyone….for helping us welcome them.

Don’t Cry…I’m Here Partners With Another Minnesota Nonprofit, Bundles of Love, to Provide Newborn Items For Our Refugee Infants

NEWS: I am so excited to tell you that we have now partnered with Bundles of Love Charity. They are a Minnesota nonprofit organization that provides families in need with a bundle of newborn items. Each bundle includes everything from a diaper bag, clothing, sleepers, crib sheets and blankets, etc. They will begin providing Don’t Cry…I’m Here 4 bundles a month (2 boy and 2 girl bundles)…starting in March. This is a fantastic help for us as we have now added infant totes to our charity. Thank you Bundles of Love for working with us at Don’t Cry…I’m Here.

https://www.facebook.com/BundlesofLoveCharity/

Don’t Cry…I’m Here is Now Serving the St. Cloud, Minnesota Refugees

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Here are a few photos of our delivery of Doll/Bear Gift Tote Bags to Lutheran Social Service in St. Cloud, MN. We delivered 1 – 18″ Afghani Doll Tote Bag and 2 – Boy Buddy Bear Afghani Tote Bags. This is our first delivery up to St. Cloud….a city in Minnesota that has a large refugee population. I look very forward to working with the St. Cloud office of LSS. The refugees of this city are in desperate need to have someone “Welcome” them with open arms. And that is what we will do. Thanks everyone….for helping us welcome them.

Target Stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota Area Have Been a Huge Support to Don’t Cry…I’m Here

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NEWS!!! We received a very generous donation in the form of a gift card from our Bloomington, MN Target store to be used to purchase dolls and doll related items for our Doll Gift Tote Bags. Target has really gotten on-board with our charity and we have been supported by several of their stores in our area. A HUGE Thank You to Target!!

A Karen Family That Will be Arriving From Burma Will Receive Tote Bags From “Don’t Cry…I’m Here”

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We delivered a mixture of 6 Doll, Bear and Teen Tote Bags to Lutheran Social Service/Refugee Services in Minneapolis today for a Karen family that will be arriving in Minnesota (Minneapolis) very soon. The 6 Totes that we delivered today will be in the hands of the Karen children as soon as they arrive in Minneapolis. This was a mixture of such beautiful gifts for our newly arriving kids!! Thank you everyone for your help in making this happen.

 

A Sudanese Family Will Receive 6 Doll and Bear Gift Tote Bags from Don’t Cry…I’m Here in Time for Christmas

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We delivered a mixture of 6 Doll and Bear Tote Bags to Arrive Ministries today. Arrive Ministries resettlement organization does so much for our newly arriving refugee families. They are our refugees first connection when they arrive in Minneapolis. They meet the refugee families at the airport, set up housing for the families, and make sure that their housing has the basic necessities for them to start their new lives. And they are OUR (Don’t Cry…I’m Here) connection for getting our Totes to these new families. The 6 Totes that we delivered today will be in the hands of 2 boys (twins) and 4 girls (including our teen girl)….all from the same family very, very soon!! In fact, the guy in these photos loaded them up in his car before we left Arrive Ministries and was going to deliver them today. Thank you everyone for your help in making this happen.

Don’t Cry…I’m Here Received a Very Special Donation from Girl Scout Troop 75117

Back in September, your may remember that we received a package of wonderfully made “Welcome” Cards from Amber Chester, the leader of Girl Scout Troop 75117 that the girls of the troop made for us.

I just received a message from Amber that the Troop wanted to make something for Don’t Cry…I’m Here. So…they got to work, got the supplies, and made us some more “Welcome” Cards, and Fleece Blankets and Pillows for the dolls that go to our refugee children.

She said, “They really enjoyed doing them! There was so much excitement for that meeting. It was great to see that! It made them feel good as well!”

I can’t begin to tell you how much is being learned by the girls of this Girl Scout Troop. They are learning that people that are just a little different than they are, are also just the same as they are….only they were just born in another part of the world. They are learning to be accepting of these refugee families that may move to their city, go to their schools, or be at their shopping malls or grocery stores. They may be bringing home this message to their families that these newly arriving families are “Welcome” and their hearts are full from making our refugee children some very special gifts. In addition to these very important lessons…..the girls are learning to sew.

Here are some photos she sent me and said I may share them with our group.

Thank you so much Amber Chester. Please share this post with the girls and THANK Girl Scout Troop 75117 from Illinois for this very special project.