It’s Always Time for Good Cheer

Craft Hope imageIn a previous post, I talked about Craft Hope, a group that combines the creative effort of crafters around the globe in order to help people in need. Craft Hope has a new call out, this time for handmade Christmas stockings for the 12,000 families who lost their homes due to the tornadoes in the southern United States. Called “Christmas in Dixie,” Craft Hope says “In addition to having nothing, these families will face new needs that this season will bring, such as winter clothing, funds for heating, and gifts for their family members or in addition to the everyday needs they now face. There are groups helping supply toys for tots, churches help with clothing and food, even the Government will help somewhat. But no one will be concerned with these items that help form the traditions, and memories that we all remember as we grow up. We can only imagine how worry will begin to creep into the back of many moms’ minds, realizing Christmas is just around the corner and once again they will be reminded of those items that mean so much, like ornaments handmade through the years, pictures with Santa, and their own personal stocking being lost and gone for ever.”

Their website lists the specifics for the stockings, but there is lots of room for creativity and you can use any fabrics, patterns, decorative elements you want. Mail your completed stocking by September 23, 2011 to

Christmas in Dixie for Tornado Survivors Project
c/o Brenda Belcher
1581 Balmoral Drive
Hoover, Alabama 35244
Christmas in Dixie also has a Facebook page, so be sure to “like” it!

paisley stocking

Need some inspiration for a stocking to make? Here are a few I love:

A funky paisley felt stocking from Sew, Mama, Sew!, Turning an old quilt into a Stocking (also Sew, Mama, Sew!), and this felt snowflake stocking from Purlbee.

  

Stitch Home Alabama

The crafty blog Stumbles & Stitches is doing a fantastic raffle to benefit The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services in our tornado-damaged south. Donate $10 or more to the Salvation Army and receive a virtual raffle ticket for every $10. There are unbelievable prizes: Spoonflower gift certificates, Anna Marie Horner fabric and pattern collections, sewing patterns and fabric galore, great books like Craft Hope, and handmade goodies by some really talented artists. Check out the prize packages and then click on the link to donate! (Yours truly donated a Super Squirrel related handmade goodie package.)

Here’s info from their blog:

On April 27, 2011, a record number of tornadoes unleashed their fury against the southern part of the United States. 38 of Alabama’s 67 counties were declared disaster areas. Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia also suffered massive destruction.

People just like you and me lost homes, businesses and loved ones in this storm, the second deadliest tornado storm in U.S. history. At last count, over 350 people have died, thousands are homeless and the cost of damages is in the billions of dollars.
Ready, set, donate!

Inspired by the craft community’s efforts in other such disasters, we decided to rally and help. Stumbles & Stitches is hosting “Stitch Home Alabama“, a raffle to benefit The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services in our tornado-ravaged southern states.

The Salvation Army is currently operating 22 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi to provide items like food, hygienic products, clothes, cleaning supplies, and much more to survivors. “The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution.”

Let’s Have a Raffle!

We have received some amazing prize donations from favorite shops, partners and friends. Their generosity has been inspiring!! There are 5 awesome prize packages up for grabs in the raffle (more on that in just a second).

For every $10 you donate to the Salvation Army, you get a virtual raffle ticket. Donate$10, you get 1 ticket; donate $50, you get 5 chances to win a prize!

Click here to find out more (like how to turn your donation into a raffle ticket) & donate: