Forty-four days ago, Dunwoody resident and All Saints member Beth Allen began a project different than years past for the annual observance of Lent. Earlier this year, a Sunday mass inspired her to keep her chocolate and instead, to do something special to benefit another person every day.
“Usually for Lent, it’s a tradition to give something up for 40 days. I decided instead of giving something up, I would do something for someone every day,” Allen said.
Working with a local organization, Allen decided to make a baby blanket for each day of Lent to donate to Birthright, a charity designed to provide help to young and distressed expecting mothers.
For the 40 days, Allen spent almost two hours of her time each day making one blanket with different fabrics found in her collection or bought at the store.
While this is her first time making blankets to be donated to an organization, she is no stranger to making quilts. “The first baby blanket I made for someone, I was in college.”
Allen made sure not to miss a day of baby blanket making during Lent and in the end, the project proved to be a rewarding experience for her.
“I wanted it to be a kindness thing,” she said. “About the love between a mother and baby.”
The experience was so enjoyable for Allen that she is offering her services to her father’s church in Epworth for Mother’s Day and plans to continue to make blankets to donate to Birthright.
At a slower pace though, she joked.