This week Carly from Bundles of Joy tells us about two of their recent recipients and how Bundles has been blessing families in York over the last few months.
Over the summer months we’ve been a bit quieter here at Bundles of Joy, but there are two big referrals I’d love to tell you about. These were sent to us almost as soon as they found out they were expecting, and so we’ve been chatting to the new mums and collecting the items for these bundles for a few months now – we call these kinds of referrals our ‘slow burners’.
These two mums to be, on paper, could not be more different. Abbie* is a teenager, preparing for her exams and life as a young single mum, while Sophie*, is an older lady with her own home and a stable job that she loves, but practically no support network.
As the months have passed, it appeared that they have more in common than we first thought. Both ladies have had mental health issues, no partner on the scene initially, owned practically nothing for their new babies, and didn’t really know what they needed, or what to ask for when we asked them what they would like.
The great thing about having had so much time to get these bundles ready is that we have been able to really cover them with prayer and add many items over time. If you’ve given anything over the last six months, there is a good chance something from your gift has made its way into one of these bundles!
After great initial contact, Sophie disappeared off our radar, and we wondered how we were going to be able to get her bundle to her before she was due to give birth. We knew she had lost her job and was struggling with anxiety. All we could do was pray for her. After a worrying few months, we were contacted by the baby’s father, who let us know that Sophie had given birth. It was wonderful to finally be able to hand over Sophie’s bundle and to hear how she and the baby were getting on. Although he was understandably a bit shell-shocked by being a new dad, he was so excited to be able to take the bundle straight to Sophie in hospital, who had nothing. He was overwhelmed by the four boxes we were able to give him; he’d only been expecting the one!
Abbie’s delivery was a lot more straightforward. It was the hottest day of the summer, and pregnancy does entail napping a lot, so it wasn’t really a surprise that, when we arrived at Abbie’s house, she was fast asleep! Her grogginess soon turned to what I can only describe as bewilderment, as we kept going back to the car for more bags and boxes. After a few minutes, we had everything inside and her hallway was full. It was then that I got to do something I’d never done before on a delivery: I stood and had a chat with Abbie. There is a reason why Rachel does most of the face to face work with our recipients, I’m not great at talking to people I don’t know, but there was no problem here! Abbie and I chatted about pregnancy, GCSEs, what was in the bundle (and what was still to be delivered). I saw Abbie change right before my eyes, from a tired and confused young teenager to a young woman who had more of a sense of purpose about her. Although not knowing what the future holds for her, she was more prepared to meet the turmoil of the next few months and years with determination and anticipation.
Both of these new mums have taught us at Bundles of Joy that God absolutely has His hand on these families.
No matter how different or difficult a situation might be, we all have something in common, that God is a God who cares deeply, and through Him, we can care ever more deeply for the families of York.
It is a privilege to see His hand guiding Bundles of Joy to those who need it most.