While our new friends leave Stitched with a beautiful hand bound journal filled with paper made by our TGR women, they also donate a second journal to our sale stock which provides us with increased revenue for use in operating TGR and employing our women. In this way, all of our Stitched participants become a part of our story and join our family.
A very special part of our story comes through Aali, a young woman who participated in last week’s Stitched class. At 12 years old, Aali came to Stitched as part of her birthday celebration. She made two beautiful journals, including a light blue chevron patterned journal that she donated back to That Grace Restored.
Because we believe deeply in empowering women, both young and old, and because we want to increasingly create space for the greater community to come alongside our women in love, we have decided to dedicate Aali’s donated journal to a special project. Starting today Aali’s journal will be passed from our staff to a friend who will then write an encouraging note, verse or quote in the pages and pass it along to someone else. The journal will be sent from person to person until the pages are full with encouraging words, at which time we will send a shipping label for the journal to be sent back to us.
Aali’s journal will be kept for the women we serve who stay with Leroy and Janelle, and eventually at our safe house as a source of encouragement and an outpouring of love.
We are asking everyone who receives the journal to take a selfie with the journal and post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #Aalisjournal. This will allow you to follow Aali’s journal on it’s journey, and maybe even to track it down to contribute a note yourself!
If you do not have an opportunity to write in Aali’s journal, but would like to encourage our women, please send a handwritten letter to PO Box 115416 Atlanta, Ga 30310 and we will make sure it is placed in the hands of our women.
#Aalisjournal starts today!