For Basics Charity Challenge 2012 go here.
You can scroll down to the bottom for details on the challenge and all the AMAZING prizes we have or read how it came about below. Deadline has been extended 1 week because of all the awesome response!!
I was driving down a main street here in my city and I noticed there was a large sign out front of the Women's Community House, a place for abused women and children to be safe when they leave an abusive situation, that said they desperately needed paper towels.
For some reason this hit me hard. We go through an immense amount of paper towels here in my house. Shane is addicted to the things.
I see these sort of signs frequently and I do donate around Christmas and the start of the school year but for some reason needing paper towels seemed so basic. I don't know why. It's no more basic, well actually a lot less basic, then clothes, food or the safety this place provides.
I shook my head and continued driving but it wouldn't let up. Here I am always thinking of fabric and just a little ways away someone needs paper towels.
Which I have to buy the premium brand of.
I kept driving.
Until I came up to a grocery store and I just couldn't go past.
I stopped and went in.
I went to the cleaning aisle.
I stopped and looked down.
Paper towels were on sale.
This was just too much for me. I grabbed as many packages as I could carry and went and paid for them. Before I really knew what was happening I was back at the shelter. I had to be buzzed in through two separate doors and then was asked to leave them in the lobby.
I never actually saw anyone. I know this is for safety as abusers will use all sorts of rouses to get to their victims and workers at these type of shelters are in serious danger as well.
It hurts me so much to think of all these women and children.
I have a husband who would lay down his life for me and my daughter without a thought. He would destroy anyone who would hurt us. And these women didn't even have paper towels.
I know what it is to be scared. I know what it is to be lost. I know what it is to have to have help to get away from someone. I had family to turn to, who could protect me and my daughter.
And I always had paper towels.
My challenge is this:
See if there is a sign, if not call. Ask what they need.
Shelters are always in need of things like paper towels, toilet paper, new underwear, new socks, diapers, new hairbrushes, shampoo, tampons/pads, baby hygiene items, hand soap/sanitizer etc
It won't cost much.
Drop it off.
Come back here and leave me a message that you did it. You don't have to include what you donated if you don't want to, but it may give others some ideas if you do.
If you don't have a shelter nearby, or you can't get there, you can donate to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.Or in Canada the United Way provides funds to many shelters. If you are international there is the Red Cross. To our Australian friends, feel free to give to anyone of the disaster relief funds for the horrific natural disasters you have suffered recently!
You can earn another entry by tweeting, blogging or mentioning the challenge on facebook. Just leave a separate comment letting me know, with a link.
Grab the button and post it on your blog.
I will draw on
Prizes. We have lots of absolutely amazing prizes donated by shops and companies who want to get you giving!
The Fat Quarter Shop have so generously donated a $50 gift certificate for their shop.
1 Choice 4 Quilting have also donated TWO $50 gift certificate for their brand new shop!
Kona Fabrics is donating 10 copies of Asian Fabric magazines!
Robert Kaufman is donating a FQ bundle
Mary Abreu of Confessions of a Craft Addict is donating a copy of her book!!
Julie of jaybird quilts is donating a set of her patterns!
Rachel of p.s. i quilt is also donating some of her patterns!
Bari J's giving away another copy of her book! Read the review I did here.
Pat Sloan is giving away a copy of her book Redwork with a Twist.
Judi from Green Fairy Quilt is donating 5 of her patterns, winners choice!!
Moda is donating a FQ bundle, a roll of Luna Soy Batting and a "Basic Sewing Notions" Kit!
I Have A Notion is donation a Fast and Free Volume .5 DVD by Patsy Thompson Designs
and a Posh Posies Small Quilt Kit by Brewer Sewing and Quilting!
Daisy Janie has donated more prizes! A FQ bundle of her brand new organic line, Shades of Grey!!
Marmalade Fabrics is donating a $30 gift certificate!
Izzy & Ivy Designs is donating patterns as well! Thanks!