One activity planned for the retreat this year is “Comfort Dolls.” The following description is from the Comfort Doll Project website:
The Comfort Doll Project creates and donates their dolls to be delivered specifically to women in domestic abuse shelters.The project was founded by Pat Winters, to reach out to the courageous women who have made their way to help. We want these women to know that they are not alone. The project is now run by Brenda Hutchings and all of her blog followers. So far we have collected and donated 888 handmade dolls. Dolls are donated to shelters a dozen at a time.
Each doll has a card attached, the card reads:
I am a Comfort Doll. I was made especially for you by a woman’s heart and hand who cares. When you need strength or just a smile, hold me and feel the love I send. Like me, your are unique, worthy, beautiful and deserve all good things in life. You have the strength within yourself to be extraordinary. Find the strength and shine!