I see a tiny problem but it should be easy to fix. Commenting anonymously doesn't get your name in the drawing. And there's no way to tell Anonymous A from Anonymous B. Are you different or the same? I need to be able to get back in touch with you somehow. We can exchange email addy's later. But please at least leave your name. If you still comment as Anonymous, just say your name in the comment. You can use first name and last initial. Or last name alone. Or an Alias. Just so I can get your name in the hat.
And really, thank you. Thank you again and again.
I always breathe a sigh of relief when a storm veers away from Jacksonville. At the same time it's hard not to feel guilty that it went somewhere else. I was in no way prepared for Hurricane Sandy. Like a lot of others, I felt like the meteorologists were crying "wolf" concerning Sandy. They've been known to exaggerate. They've been known to be wrong. In the case of Sandy, they were right on.
While people who have lost everything stand in mile long lines for a few gallons of gas, I sit in Florida where the sun shines and it's a balmy 70 something degrees. I look at the pictures and still can't fathom what the destruction looks like. Or how it must feel to stand by a pile of mud-soaked rubble that once was your home. Like thousands of others I say a prayer then write a check to the Red Cross. It is not much but it's something.
A few posts back I wrote about Malala. The girl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban for going to school. I was going to auction off a quilt to raise money for an organization whose mission is to help women and girls in forbidden school zones. Then Sandy blew into town and everything changed. Literally.
So here's what I'm going to do. I'm auctioning off this quilt:
It measures about 83 x 83" inches. I pieced the top and it was machine quilted by Joyce Snyder. No Asian children were forced to work for pennies. It is American made of made of 100% cotton with cotton batting. It is machine washable and cat approved.
Since I'm not the least bit computer savvy and have an ongoing feud with PayPal I'm going to use the honor system. All you have to do is make a donation to the charity of your choice for Hurricane Relief. The Red Cross. Salvation Army. Episcopal Relief and Development. Someplace where you donations, like butterfly wings, will send ripples of help to people in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas, New Jersey, New York or any other storm-ravaged place. I think if you make an online donation you'll get a confirmation number. Just leave a comment here on my blog and reference that number. While I'd like to know how much money is raised, just for curiosity's sake, you don't need to share what you give with me. Just that you gave from your heart. On Thanksgiving Day, I'll put all the commenter names in a hat and draw one out. That person will get the quilt.
I think "the more the merrier" applies here, don't you? You can share this blog with your friends and family and on Facebook. I hope that doesn't mean I'm opening my computer up to the cyber world's version of Swine Flu. Live and learn I say.
Praying for victims,
P.S. I'm working with the Afghan Women's Writing Project on another quilt auction. I haven't forgotten Malala.