One of the ladies in my sewing group is always doing/making something for charity. Her latest project is to fill shoeboxes with goodies for children in third world countries. The boxes are given to the children for Christmas. It is run by an organisation called Samaritans Purse and I have offered to fill up a box for her. That is the easy part. The challenge is to make a teddy bear which is to be included in the box and a knitting pattern is provided. I don't much like making toys but did my best.
At this stage of the process, the poor bear looks more like roadkill than a teddy but I persevered and managed to produce something vaguely resembling a bear.
At our last sewing get-together, when I produced my bear and thought how magnanimous I was, one of the other members had knitted 15 bears, all of them different, very cute and much much better than my poor little mis-shapen offering. That put me back in my box I can tell you.
I just hope that a child who has never owned a toy of her/his own will receive my bear and love him anyway.