Several years ago, I had the privilege of working with an Adoption Counselor who helped to transition state foster kids into their “forever homes”. Knowing that I sewed and quilted, she asked me if I knew how to make weighted blankets. That was the beginning of My Comforter.
I quickly came to understand the sometimes life-changing effects that these children underwent with the use of their weighted blankets. Most of the kids deal with trauma and ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences. Their need to calm, ground, and sleep is very real. A foster parent of a 5-year old suffering with night terrors burst into tears as she told me that the little boy had slept through the night for the first time – with his weighted blanket.
This year, I’ve added a My Comforter swaddle sack to the product line. Foster parents have asked me about calming and comforting babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Because of the horrific opioid epidemic, NAS babies have become all too common in the foster care system. Although weighted products cannot be used with children under the age of one, swaddling is the baby version of pressure on the body – and highly recommended for NAS babies.
My prayer is always for healing, but the burdens that these children bear can seldom be “prayed away”. Even if He does not remove our afflictions, the Holy Spirit – our Comforter – most certainly walks with us through them. I am humbled and grateful to help. And I give God all of the glory.
Peace be with you,