Thanks to Jocelyn for telling me about this touching, grassroots service project started by someone who should know what’s needed.
Alida lost her first husband in the Iraq War. As the three-year anniversary of his death approached, she decided to turn her passion for making things into a service project for fellow Iraq War widows.
Journaling is an incredibly valuable tool for someone trying to work through the grieving process. What better way to say “We care” and “Thank you for your sacrifice” than to send a lovingly, homemade journal to those who have lost a spouse in time of war?
I’m tempted to tell you what YW or scouting requirements this project would fulfill (that is the focus of this blog after all) but I don’t want that to be the focus of this post. I really just want to help spread the word.
Whoever you are and wherever you are, if you feel inspired to help in this cause, please contact Alida at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll tell you what you need to know.
For tutorials on easy but beautiful homemade journals, see Alida’s guide or this no-sew version (I would use Modge Podge instead of glue, but that’s just me). If you like the collage look, here’s another fun idea.
Really, anyone can make these.
If you have more funds than you do time and still want to help, consider browsing the handmade journals at Etsy and giving something like that instead.
Alida, I think you’re amazing for what you’re doing. Thanks for all you’ve given and continue to give.