Volunteers run benefit flea-market stand
Several years have passed since a group of ladies started volunteering to make pillows, dedicating their time and talent to the production of beautiful handmade objects that would be sold in the various flea markets held in their town. Rain or shine, no matter how much they sell, no matter how tired they are – no matter what, they are there.
From the moment they arrive at the flea market in the early morning hours with their cars stocked up with materials and folding tables, to the end of the day, they are there come what may. They even take turns attending Mass (as many of the markets are open on Sunday) or for a coffee break when it is cold outside.While some of them are busy selling their products, the others continue working there at the stand, knitting hats, baby clothes, or whatever is needed.
All of them wear an apron that says, “Home of the Mother” and are accompanied by their banner that reads, “Helping Those Most In Need”.
So, when do they make all these things that they sell? Several afternoons a week, a group of them gets together at the coordinator’s house and everybody else works from their own homes amidst their daily tasks, while they pray the Rosary, watch the news, or in the evening before going to bed.
Thanks to benefactors and, more specifically, thanks to a fabric store, they are able to collect scraps of fabric, buttons, clasps, yarn, decorations, etc. used for making truly amazing inventions of all kinds. Their generosity and service towards others is contagious. Proof of this is that there are now nurses who collaborate by selling some of these objects to the mothers of hospitalized children or knitting baby clothes in their free time and passing them on to be sold at the market. There is also a woman with cancer who, in gratitude for the help she receives from the benefits of the market, goes all over Seville selling as much as she can. Another woman sells objects to her CCD moms. They have even received an order from Paris (France), via one of the ladies’ relatives. This past year, they have raised a total of 7,706 Euros, 2,300 of which have been sent to Ecuador. The rest is being used for monthly support for 8 local families in Seville. The ladies are delighted to be able to carry out this work and witness how much it is helping them as well as all those who, both in Ecuador and in Spain, are benefitting from their generosity
©HM Magazine; º192 September-Octuber 2016