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Ministry work these days revolves around receipt of donations from other fiber artists who are cleaning out their stash and have no clue what to do with "leftovers." There are also donations of those leaving one type of art and moving on to something new and exciting; yet they have leftover supplies they want to be used for a good purpose. There are also families faced with a loved one who was a fiber art enthusiast and has passed away or moved into assisted care where there is less room; donations have been made of those items in many cases. During 2020, we also saw several shops close down, unfortunately, and their leftover stock was donated. All donations are sorted, cleaned, ironed, whatever needs to be done to them to have them in excellent condition when they are passed on to those participating in the various projects being supplied. Paraclete Designs has a designated work area where these items are stored safely and can be sorted for distribution as needed by Charlene and volunteers.

The donations coming in are far exceeding the expectations on a regular basis in their quality, their quantity and the love being shown in donating items to those wanting to learn or in recovery and unable to have their own supplies. This is the "God Thing" part of it all - it just shows up when its needed and it goes back out the door to those in need. The blessings of being the vessel to make this happen cannot be expressed here in mere words. The passion for fiber arts is being renewed with every box that is rescued and relocated rather than being thrown away.

Working one-on-one with a recipient is something Charlene attends to personally. The vetting of who receives items is based on need, teaching environments and where learning is both therapeutic and moving art forward. Great care is taken to make certain the items are used for the purposes meant. This is critical to the ongoing mission of Paraclete Designs.

Charities such as Kissing Pillows for Soldiers, Hope Women's Center, and several others providing art therapy have been recipients. Individuals are contacted through the website, through home school environments and by word of mouth from others who know we have supplies.


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