Community Giving ~ Quilts of Compassion

Community Giving : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last Thursday we had some big storms develop here in Illinois. (And across many other areas of the country). After the kids went to bed, my husband and I turned on the television and saw video of a giant tornado moving across northern Illinois, about an hour west of where we live. I grew up in the Midwest so I suppose tornados aren’t a super rare occurrence (especially this time of year), but I am always pretty scared when I hear the “T” word. With this particular storm, nearby cities of Rochelle and Fairdale were hit hard. I immediately thought of the ladies and gentleman I met last year when I visited the Sinnissippi Quilters Guild in Rockford.

Quilts of Compassion is collecting finished quilts to send storm victims. You can find all information on their Facebook page and website. Their biggest need is quilts for women and men. If you have some quilts you would like to donate, please click on over and check them out. You can also find the links to this organization, as well as others, on my Community Giving page.

Action Kivu Fundraiser

Action Kivu

Today I’m excited to share with you a fantastic Community Giving opportunity. This week is the Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser. For the last 5 years, Alissa Haight Carlton from Handmade by Alissa has hosted a fundraising effort to support Action Kivu.

Action Kivu helps women and children who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo. One of the wonderful things that Action Kivu helps finance is a sewing workshop that teaches women to sew. When these women graduate from the workshop, they are given a sewing machine and therefore the means to support themselves and their families.” – Alissa

Action Kivu

This year’s goal is to raise $15,000 by Friday, August 24th. For different giving amounts, you are entered to win prizes donated by amazing artists and quilters like Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Elizabeth Hartman, Jacquie Gering and more. For all the details and to donate to this amazing cause, visit Alissa’s blog. And remember, you can keep up with all sorts of great ways to help others on my Community Giving page.

Community Giving ~ Washington, Illinois Tornado Victims

Community Giving at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Many of your undoubtedly heard about the wave of tornados that passed through Illinois and Indiana last Sunday, November 17th. My family was driving that day, from Michigan to Illinois. We spent many of those 6 hours traveling through the northern bands of those storms (very scary) while hearing about the damage occurring south of us. When we got home, the pictures we saw on tv were really devastating. I grew up in the Midwest (Ohio) and I just have a real fear of tornados.

Last week Terry of Quilt Crazie shared with me some information on how you can help the victims of Washington, Illinois, a particularly hard hit community. I encourage you to visit her website and learn how you can help by donating quilts, pillowcases and bed pillows for those that lost their homes.

I know we are a generous community and can make a real difference to those that need comfort right now. I’ve also added the link to Terry’s website to my Community Giving page – feel free to share with others who would like to help.

Community Giving : Action Kivu

Just popping in from my week away to let you all know about a great opportunity to participate in a fundraiser and giveaway for Action Kivu this week! This is an annual event organized by Alissa Haight Carlton of Handmade by Alissa.

Straight from Alissa’s blog post, “Action Kivu is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew at a sewing workshop. Action Kivu also pays for children to go to school and supports other programs for women that provide them ways to support themselves and their families.”

You can find out more information about Action Kivu here and participate in Alissa’s fundraiser here, through August 19th, 2013.