Have you heard about the Comfort Doll Project? People are making little dolls to give to battered women in order to provide them with a bit of love. Fantastic opportunity to do something if you ask me. According to Pat (the organizer):
I know some may think making dolls to give to a woman who has just been beaten,raped, or abused in some way is like putting a band-aid on an amputation. Well, I see it as sending a message of hope,love,and encouragement. A gentle hug,a smile,a nudge to go forward and see there is sunshine ahead.
Many moons ago, I didn’t have much sympathy for battered women. Weren’t they dumb to stay (?!) I thought… and I never thought I’d wind up there myself. I don’t plan on going into the gory personal details here, but I can tell you that abuse involves a fair amount of brainwashing. Slowly but surely, you begin to believe you are not worth being treated any better and even worse, that you deserve to be beaten. It takes incredible courage to leave an abusive situation; extraordinary courage. And a certain indescribable fortitude to not wind up in that same place again.
I plan to get started on a comfort doll soon. Anyone care to join me?
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -Anne Frank