Even if the media hype is a bit overblown, the topic is still hot news: the refugee crisis. Again and again, I get horrible pictures, videos and sound via social media channels, radio and television as well as in newspapers and magazines to see and hear. Every time I feel very different.
I imagine what it would be like to be in the same position as I would have to leave everything that I had worked for over my life to escape on a life-threatening journey into an uncertain future. What a fear for my children and how terrible it must be, after all, to be hated and insulted for wanting to save your life.
And then I’m sitting here, in my warm, comfortable living room on my laptop and think: how can I help? At least a bit, at least something. Not to reassure my guilty conscience, but because I want to show that I do not care.
I organize a weekly sewing meeting here in my community and before Christmas we sewed mini-hats in four evenings in a sewing action. Mini Decki? Huh? What is that supposed to be? Mini-Deckis are blankets that are sewn from fabric remnants (eg children’s bed linen, curtains, etc.) and inlays. They are given to refugee children. Something the child is allowed to keep, what it can move on with – wherever. Whether in the next refugee accommodation or finally in a real home. The blanket stays, she comes along. She is a traveling companion, a constant, something of her own that you can keep, something to cuddle up, pull the blanket over your head, hide or play. On the homepage of Mini-Decki.de it is described as follows: “It is a gesture, a sign for the children. It stands for security, security, trust and recognition. We want to tell them, “Here you are welcome!”
The action was initiated by a Swiss woman and has many great supporters and organizers here in Germany too. For example Ina from Groß-Gerau. She accepted our blankets and distributed them where they were needed. Thanks for that!
And last Saturday we did another action. We sewn, put, cut and turned six hours – and came out with 25 beautiful mini deckis! My friend Arnika from adolescence came in spite of illness and brought beautiful children’s fabrics, Iris let her overlock run hot, two girlfriends stuck like the world champions and our Thursday night sewing crew Nicole and Claudia, sewed in the chord. A thousand thanks to all !!!
Everyone has brought something to feed and so was also taken care of the physical well-being.
Towards the end, my family joined them (after the paternal Bespaßungsprogramm had expired 😉) and has helped in the removal and removal of the blankets. And when I see the picture of my happy children carrying the blankets to the car eagerly and with sparkling eyes, I wish that the children who get these blankets would also have a moment of happiness and that the blankets can give them some of the confidence that we put in for her.
In this sense: “Spread the Word – tell it”. Maybe you also want to sew some blankets, hand over fabrics or donate some money for insoles, labels or transport? On minidecki.de you can find all information about it.
I wish you a creative week