Wednesday, August 14, 2013
At five years old, Caroline Magas, of Walterboro, is quite the young lady. She is from a devout family and one day, says her mom Stacie, the family devotions were centered around how material things aren’t important.
But this is Caroline’s story so it should be in her words.
“I’ve got a lot of stuff,” she told her mother, “some kids don’t have a lot…we should give them some.”
Caroline decided to collect blankets to keep people warm. Her church, Ashley Ridge Church, gave her $300 to buy blankets. Her mother put it up on Facebook and it took off.
The next thing she knew, she was getting blankets from church people, family and friends.
“I asked for blankets for my birthday,” the petite pixie says, “but I got some presents too. I got a Mickey Mouse dress!”
“There’s a verse too,” she says, and quickly recites it, then pauses looking at the pen and pointing at the pad.
“You want me to write it down?”
She begins again, slowly, pausing between each word until she sees it written:
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.
She looks up, “Matthew 11:28!”
“It’s on every blanket,” she says, and smiles.
Every one of the 145 blankets Caroline has collected is brand new and every one has a label bearing the Bible verse.
They are stuffed in every nook and cranny of the car.
Caroline busies herself unloading the blankets.
“I want them to know about Jesus.”
She is giving the blankets to Big Hearts a Summerville organization that collects things to distribute to others such as food for animals, stuffed animals for the police departments, clothing and toys for those in need, food and such. It does not accept money. Big Hearts serves 13 area organizations.
Surrounded by blankets, Caroline patiently waits to have her picture taken, her eyes slipping to the nearby playground with longing.
Her mom explains that they don’t have time for the playground today as they are going to a church function where there will be a bounce house.
“Let’s go!” Caroline says.
Her mother asks if she would like to help load the blankets in the Big Heart car.
After listening carefully to her mother suggest that helping to load the car will get them to church quicker, Caroline gathers up more bags of blankets than she has arm length, and staggers to the car.
She patiently waits until everyone has said “good-bye” subtly moving the group towards their cars.
When asked if she might do this again, she shrugs, then nods.
But right now, a bounce house is calling.
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