Tuesday, September 11, 2012

One Stitch at a Time

I got a phone call last night.  It took me a minute to recognize the voice. OK, got my head into the conversation.  She talked about drawing for the quilt.  I'm thinking, what quilt? Let me rewind the story.

Last year I got a call, could I quilt a quilt?  and my response was.....I'm not taking any new customers, Oh..ok...., sure...., it's for a fund raiser?  ok......Veterans Motorcycle group? raising money, raffle quilt? Sure,  Ok,  I can do that.

The top was a t-shirt quilt with Harley Davidson Tshirts and military references all put together with sashing.  I had just become a US citizen, so I had the Pledge of Alliegance in my packet of paperwork, and I thought I'd write a few words in the sashing;  Never Forget, United We Stand, these were a few of the phrases throughout the quilt.  I handed it off to the owner and, honestly, I'd forgotten all about this quilt.

Then the phone rang last night.  We made $3300 net profit for Homeless Veterans in Whatcom County, says the voice on the other end of the phone.  Their group all took turns schlepping this quilt all over on rides throughout the NW, diligently selling tickets, quietly raising monies, hoping to make a difference with winter coming.  The funds go to purchase socks, hats, mittens, blankets.  All the things that we have in abundance in our homes, all the things many veterans don't have.

It came time to make the drawing. 

One guy really wanted the quilt so he bought $100 worth of tickets.  Karma at its best, and he won the quilt.  In the room was a young girl who clearly had been going through medical treatments.  She commented how much she loved the quilt as she wrapped herself in it.  The winner then announced, Well, then you can have it!  OK.  That's all I have for Sept 11th and I think it's enough said.

We CAN make a difference, one stitch at a time........
Sharon

11 comments:

Laura said...

What a touching story! Many kindnesses all wrapped together. Thanks for sharing.

Janet O. said...

Love your story, Sharon. Very heartwarming!

Mimi said...

That gave me goosebumps. Great story and so glad you were a part of it, too.

Marls said...

What a special scenario to be involved in. Certainly a tear jerking story.

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing your sweet story. It brought a tear to my eye. It's nice to know that we CAN make a difference!

Sujata Shah said...

Sharon, What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

Lori said...

Lots of winners in this story.

Nifty Quilts said...

Heart warming story. Thanks!!

Tracey said...

Oooo, goosebumps
Love it, thanks so much for sharing....very appropriate for the day.

Linda O said...

Wow, what a win-win-win for everyone involved. We need more good stories like this!

Kathie said...

how wonderful ,tears in my eyes....
just makes you feel good.
Kathie