Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Circle the Knitting Needles! Blankets for Birmingham!
Elizabeth over at Trailing Yarn is throwin' up the Knit Signal! So, knitters (and crocheters), circle the wagons! It's time to knit blanket squares for Blankets for Birmingham!
As many of you know, tornadoes ripped through Alabama last Wednesday leaving in their wake, homes scattered to the winds, entire towns were completely wiped out, a number of injured people and over 200 lost their lives. Many are still missing. Life will never be the same. Almost everyone either personally knows someone or knows someone who knows someone who lost their homes or their lives. For us, these are not anonomyous people on TV, newspaper, or internet. Everyday, I hear or read stories of extraordinary courage, hope, and thankfullness. I hear people who are thankful that all they lost was their power and the contents of their refrigerator and freezer. Thankful that all they had was a tree in their roof, or in their yard, or on their cars. And very thankful that they didn't lose their lives or families.
Everyday, I talk to a friend who lost three members of her Sunday School class. She lives in Pleasant Grove, one of the hardest hit areas. Parts of her town are completely gone and the National Guard and State Troopers are checking ID at all entrances to her town. And then there's our friend, Joanne, who wasn't home during the storm. When her husband went to check on the house after the storm, he had to walk three miles. When he got there, their house was the only house standing on their street. And he found the neighbors in their house. It was their only shelter.
The needs are great here and will not end in a few weeks or even a few months. I don't have a lot of money or household goods to donate. But I do have a healthy stash of Peaches & Creme cotton! And I have time. So, I'd like to join Elizabeth in asking for 8x8 squares in cotton (it doesn't get that cold here) to be joined in blankets for Blankets for Birmingham. The due date is September 1, 2011, just in time to be seamed up and distributed before cold weather really hits. I've already started my first square in my favorite cotton yarn - Peaches & Creme.
The best part is that we can knit or crochet a prayer in every square. If you would like to knit a square (or two, or three, or more), that would be wonderful! You can mail your squares to Elizabeth or to me.