Friday, November 1, 2013

Quilter's Bee Giving Kickoff!

 As you know Clint and I have our charity for the Romania homeless and we recently returned home from our latest trip.  I know a lot of you know about what we do and why we do it, but for those of you who don't I would like to explain a little about our charity.  SewCalGal as arranged a wonderful PR event that is bringing attention to 4 different charities and this event is going throughout the month of November. You can read about the charities here.  Throughout the month SewCalGal will update her page on Raffle Prizes and Auction Prizes. You will be able to donate to the cause of your choice and be entered to win several prizes throughout the month of November.

 I just have to say thank you to those of you who have already donated to our cause.  We use 100% of your donated money to buy food and supplies for those in need in Romania.

When Clint and I started our business, we also wanted to have a charity.  Clint grew to love the people in Romania when he lived there for 2 years serving an LDS mission during 1999-2001.  It only made sense to continue to help these people.  We don't go on these trips to proselyte, but instead to hand out quilts, food and supplies. It started out 5 years ago with handing out quilts, for our first trip I sent Clint off with about 16 of my own quilts. Each year we have been able to do more for people in need because the awareness has grown so much.  This last trip we decided to not bring quilts because of how hard it is to get them there and the need for quilts is not as great as the need for food, hygiene supplies and sometimes school supplies for the street orphans attending school.

We feel blessed to have been able to be a part of helping those in need in Romania.  We cover travel and hotel expenses because we don't feel it would be appropriate to use donated funds to do this.  Because of this we have made this a trip that also includes a chance for us to visit another country while we are there. It has been humbling each year that I have been, I have only been 3 times while Clint has gone all 6 times.  It is a trip that we anticipate each year and plan on continuing as long as we can.  We hope that our work will inspire those around us to do what they can to help those in need, whether it be a monetary donation or your own charitable acts towards other people in need throughout the world. 

So, do what you can. Be aware of those around you in need. Please take time to read about this month long event and help if you can.  Thanks everyone for your support to our charity throughout the years.  It means so much to us.  Happy November!  


Snoodles said...

Hi y'all, welcome to the party! We are partying with you at Lilypadquilting....we hope that your mission efforts receive a lot of attention during this fundraiser! Hugs to you!
Love, Snoodles

SewCalGal said...

Thank you for all you do to help those in need in Romania. I'm delighted and honored to have you participate in the Quilter's Bee Giving Charity Fundraiser this month. I hope we can increase awareness of your great charity with more people, as well as raise more money to help do more good for those in need.


Barb said...

This is such a wonderful cause and I like the fact that all the money goes where it is intended. Thanks for all you do.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

I hope everyone follows the example set by the two of you. We are all connected and taking care of one another is a others as well as ourselves.