In looking back over 2009, I feel that it’s only right to mention all that you have done through the Annabelle Baskets!
~In 2009 alone, 199 Annabelle Baskets were given to heart babies!
~Since April 2008, over 400 Annabelle Baskets have been completed entirely through donations given by you!
~In addition to the baskets being given (and, let me tell you, they are about three times the size that they began and include even more goodies than we ever imagined), countless boxes of toys, clothes, rattles, blankets, socks, stuffed animals, bows and more have been given to 7C which is the step-down unit from the ICU at MUSC…all to make our heart babies and heart kids a little more comfortable during their stay.
Annabelle Baskets have also opened doors for me to raise awareness about CHDs & give my testimony. God has been so good!
As we move into 2010, Annabelle Baskets will experience a new beginning.
Many of you know and may remember that we were asked to be a service of Palmetto Hearts in November of 2008. It served both of our purposes well throughout the past 13 months. It allowed Palmetto Hearts to have a built in care package program through the Annabelle Baskets. And, it allowed for the Annabelle Baskets to be a non-profit organization through their non-profit status. (So, all of y’all’s donations were tax deductible!)
God has grown Annabelle Baskets in ways that I’d never dreamed. It’s time for a chance to be able to do even more with all that He’s entrusted to us.
Beginning this year, Annabelle Baskets is entirely separate and I’m working tirelessly on filing Annabelle Baskets as its own non-profit organization!
Friends, you know as well as I do that the LORD laid this ministry on our family’s hearts through our daughter. It wasn’t our plan and, goodness knows, I’d much rather have my baby girl in my lap. But, through it He has given us so much joy! Oh, and the blessings that have been showered on other well-deserving heart families!!!
So, for this New Year I am asking for your prayers as we have yet another New Beginning…a New Year to bless even more families and a New Start to grow in ways we never dreamed!
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10