There are many things I love to do in my spare time.

One is knitting animals and dolls to help support a small orphanage in Haiti.

When my friend, Julie Reimer, discovered this passion of mine she asked if she could help. Last year I set a goal for myself: to knit one softie for each child at the Orphelinat Foyer Evangelique in Haiti. That was a nearly impossible challenge. Work on Safekeeping consumed so much of my time. So Julie pitched in and knit several dolls to help me reach my goal.

Here is one of the children at the orphanage in Haiti with a softie made by Julie Reimer.

Today is Julie’s birthday. It seemed appropriate to show this image taken by Mariam Diallo. It is just one facet of the joy Julie brings to children every day.