29 April 2011

Quilts for Smithville and a Giveaway

**EDIT: I've decided to extend the giveaway until May 31st to give people more time to get quilts and other donations together. Also, with the flooding in Tennessee & expected all along the lower Mississippi River please help our friends in the South. Anything big or small will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!**

Yesterday I mentioned that my friend Rachel is collecting donations for the victims of a tornado that ran through Smithville, Mississippi on Wednesday. Smithville is a small town of 1000 in Eastern Mississippi; with 14 lives lost from the tornado that is a huge impact on this tiny community. The high school was also destroyed and you can see the path the tornado took straight through the middle of town.

As you know tornadoes have been ravaging much of the south lately. North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi. Seeing pictures of the devastation has been difficult. Many people have lost their homes and their livelihood and over 300 have lost their lives.

To help, I've decided to send a couple of boxes of clothes and other goodies that the people of Smithville need much more than I do. After chatting with some friends on Twitter I thought it would be nice to ask all of you if you'd be able to help too. A handmade quilt made with love for our fellow human beings would be fabulous, but if you don't quilt then anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.

The lovely Shawna from 1 Choice 4 Quilting has been nice enough to donate a jelly roll of your choice to one lucky winner who helps out with our Quilts for Smithville request. I will also be giving away a custom piece of jewelry for a second winner. More prizes will be announced soon.

If you would like to send a donation and be entered into our giveaway just leave a comment and I will email you the address of where to ship your donation. If you are a no-reply blogger please leave your email address with your comment. Otherwise I won't be able to send you the shipping address. You can also be entered if you have donated to one of the other communities that has been affected by these storms, just tell me where you sent your donation. Monetary donations to a tornado relief fund will also count for an entry.

This giveaway will last until May 31th, when our random winners will be drawn. But donations will always be accepted.

For a second entry tweet or blog about this post, then come back and let me know you did so. Please spread the word to help our friends in the south.

Thank you so much for your help! :)

14 comments:

Sharon Pernes said...

I was planning on making a quilt or 2 for the families who were devastated. by the tornados. What else do they need that I can put in with the quilt? Thanks for doing this.

Amanda said...

I'm not sure if I can get a quilt done, but I will try. I'd like to send some other things for them though.

Sally said...

Hi Sharon, if you will send me the address, my quilt making isn't very good, but I know I can put together a box or two of toiletries and necessities.

Toujours-Moi said...

What Kind of Quilt are you thinking about? Kingsize? Babyquilts?

susan said...

how sweet. this quilt (and possibly more) are going to be a wonderful gift to someone

Amanda said...

I sent my blocks off and I tweeted about it (just now).

Selina Marie said...

I finished my blocks and am waiting on the rest to come my way. We'll have a quilt in no time!

stichnRN said...

i would love to donate a quilt, but i know i can't get it done by the 15th. being cold is probably not a problem right now, though. should we just use flannel for batting for a light weight quilt??? or use regular batting???

Molly said...

Just mailed off 4 blocks...this will be a great quilt! :)

Arahila said...

I will be checking TWC's website for a monetary donation site after seeing the coverage of the tornado that hit Joplin, MO. And I will use the donation feature when I set up some eBay sales tonight.

livelover3 said...

I've donated!!

Nicole said...

I live about 15 miles north of Smithville, MS... actually moving there in a couple of weeks. I plan on making a quilt for the mother of a family in our church. Her house was completely leveled. I just can't imagine losing all those memories in such a short time.

Toujours-Moi said...

I have finsihed my babyquilt today and it is going to the post tomorrow.

Toujours-Moi said...

Asking myself if Rachel has get the Quikt. Haven't heard anything from her. And I am a bit sad about it...