One day last week, a particular neighborhood in Asheville was the site of a Christmas party that many of the children had been waiting for all year.
Last January, Mary Ellen began working on the gifts she gave out last week: reclaimed and refurbished dolls, toy cars, bicycles, and many other things. Each toy had the gift of a new life: restyled hair, new clothing, cleaning, polishing….each was given the love and care of a master crafter to make it possibly even better than it was in its first life.
At the early Christmas party, Mary Ellen gave out 118 dolls, 18 Matchbox cases with cars, and many other items like blankets, gloves, and bicycles. She and her friends made sure it had plenty of snacks and food, and stocked up on wrapping paper and ribbons, in order to treat and love lots of lucky children.
Mary Ellen does these wonderful things in order to serve her Lord, who she believes calls her to use her gifts to show God’s love to as many people as she can. Her humble spirit and delight in giving to others honors God and blesses those who know and love her.
Thank you for all you do for all of us, Mary Ellen!