I was looking around on the Bethany Christian Services site and started digging deeper into the site than I really ever have. I peek at my own profile more than I'd like to admit. I noticed the other day that they'd taken down several of the placed families (probably to make room for the new batch of families in May) and added one. And then I realized that with their newly designed webpage, it was much easier to see that there are a bunch of links to different sections of their website and that the ministry is even bigger than it had seemed before. So, I began clicking, some things I'd seen before like the store, but there was this whole other section, that I had completely missed (perhaps it's because I was looking to see what they could do for me, and not what I could do for them!) and I stumbled across a section on "how you can volunteer" of course now, I can't find it… but they mentioned "Comfort packs for Birthmothers" and I got to thinking, "hmmm, I wonder what those are?" so I emailed my Adoption Specialist and asked her about it, she forwarded my question to the Birthparent/Pregnancy counselor who sent this reply:
Basically they were gift bags filled with various things such as:
Bath oils/salts, Lotions, devotionals, candles, candy/snacks, jewelry,hair accessories, nail polish, relaxing CD
Anything generic; and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. If she wanted to go to a dollar store, pick out 5 or 6 pamper-type-items and put them directly into a gift bag with tissue paper that would be fantastic! (I wouldn't individually wrap each item, because that way I can make sure each item is appropriate for the particular birthmother). Thanks!
So, after work, I went to Ross, and found a bunch of things, along with some things I already had, and put them in bags, I now have six little gift bags all lined up, since Bethany is moving it's Seattle office to a different location in the next week, they'll be hanging out in my living room for a while, but…eventually they will get there!
I decided to put in: Headband, lip gloss, nail polish, a tea light candle, Skittles, chocolate, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, Kleenex, little body washes and lotion sets, two blank cards and a pen. I also included a note that says "We're praying for you! Best Wishes, A Bethany Family."
The thing is, I am now addicted to the idea and I want to make more!