Back in October, I mentioned the efforts of Shari Jensen and the Stitchmap Yahoo Group to gather and share stitchy stash with women in eastern Texas who lost their homes to widespread wildfires. This week, Shari filled me in on what was done with the donations. A post on the KNASS blog says, in part,
There were stockings of all sizes (over 100 were sent down), bags of ornaments for each stocking recipient and extra ornaments set out on the tables for those who didn’t want a stocking. The ladies set all the kits and patterns and books out at the far end of the table and let everyone choose what they would like to work on during the pre-holiday season.
Lyn shared with me that there were 20 families who were helped that day, for a combined total of over 50 people. More than 50 stockings were taken and several people opted not to take a stocking at all, taking only an ornament or a couple of kits. There seemed to be a sense of wanting to make sure there was enough left for everyone else who might come after them.
And Shari adds,
I am still accepting donations for Phase 2 to be held in February. Please let your readers know if they have anything additional they would like to donate in the way of general stash items, it would be very much appreciated if they could get them to me by the end of this month and no later than January 6th, 2012. We need time to sort the fabrics by type and color, make fabric bundles and put together some basic sewing kits, etc. from the items that have been received.
By Denise Felton