We have a group of ladies at our church that meet weekly to make blankets. This is not about seeing who can quilt the best...or whose blanket takes the prize. It's about providing warmth and comfort for the impoverished...for refugees...for those in countries experiencing disasters. Their goal is to make 300 annually...and they always seem to surpass that. When we were in Kenya...we helped distribute blankets in the slums...blankets that had arrived by container from Canada. How I wished that these women could have been there to see the joy that a blanket can give!
Janet and I had promised that we would join them one Tuesday...show them some pictures...and share our Kenyan experience with them.
Yesterday was the day! While they wrapped up their blanket-making session...we whipped up some mango milkshakes to give them a wee taste of Kenya. As they sipped...we took them back to Kenya through our pictures and our stories. And we hoped they could see just a bit of the impact their Tuesday afternoon get-togethers have on the other side of the globe. This I know...they are not planning to quit churning out the blankets anytime soon!
As for the mango milkshakes...here's what you need to enjoy the taste of Kenya in your own home.
- 1 ripe mango...peeled, pitted and sliced
- 2 scoops vanilla ice-cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Pour into two glasses. (Everything tastes better when shared with a friend!)