Spreading Kindness through the Joy of Crafting

“Kindness makes for much better teamwork” – John Wooden

Each of us is born with a unique set of skills to give to the world. Sisters Natalya and Alla show us that, no matter what our personal limitations are, we all have the ability to make a tremendous impact on the people around us.

Both women, born nine years apart, are originally from Ukraine. When Alla was born, doctors determined there were difficulties during the labor that would impact her development. In turn, this prevented her from developing the mental capacity of a typical adult.

Even so, this challenge didn’t stop Alla from spreading kindness to the people around her.

After the death of both of their parents, Alla moved to Newmarket to live with Natalya and her family. To cope with this challenging period, Alla began to knit.

She began her journey by knitting a blanket for her nephew. After that, she began knitting small blankets for cats and dogs before her work started to take off.

Now, Alla has created everything from blankets to scarves and shawls. A friend of Natalya’s even suggested they create a FaceBook page to show off Alla’s work. Thus, Alla’s Cozy Blankets was born.

At one point, Alla expressed a desire to focus on making money to help Natalya with bills. Natalya, on the other hand, wasn’t interested due to one simple reason:

“Sometimes you need to do something for people not just to make money,” she [Natalya] said. “Sometimes you need to give from your heart.”

To learn more about Natalya and Alla’s story, please read here. 

At Sheltering Grace, we realize the importance of doing something for others without expecting anything in return. Our great team of like-minded people is passionate about helping homeless mothers and babies end their devastating cycle of homelessness. Please contact us at 678-337-7858 to learn how you can help. Your one act of kindness can make all the difference to mothers and babies in need.


Sheltering Grace Ministry, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 Ltd. non-profit ministry. We resolve the initial crisis of homelessness by providing mothers with a safe place to live during pregnancy. We also equip them with the tools they need to improve decision-making, enhance employment options, and increase family income to act responsibly as the head of their household. All of our services develop their self-reliance to progress to permanent independent living. Please join us in renewing and rebuilding the lives of these brave women – #Be1of5000.

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