Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cara Quilts - Basic Charity Challenge

Cara from Cara Quilts is offering The Basic Charity Challenge for the second year this February.  This is the first time I've heard about it.  I read her post this morning and feel so good about sharing this information with you.  Here is the information from her post:

In our daily lives we have a lot of things we think of as basics.
This morning you brushed your teeth with a toothbrush and tooth paste.
 You used toilet paper.
Had soap to wash your hands.
Put on some deodorant.
 Ran a brush through your hair.
Maybe took a shower with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and a razor.
Put some make-up on.
You were able to put on clean underwear and socks, that no one else has ever worn.
In the kitchen did you grab some paper towels to clean up a little spill?
At some point during the day you probably grabbed a coffee or tea.
Used some tissue to blow your nose. Maybe sanitized your hands after.
I could go on but you probably have the point by now. We have a LOT of things that we consider basics. 
  In each of our communities there are places that people don’t have the very basic things we all take for granted. Shelters- for abused women/children, homeless, men’s missions, - exist in virtual every community. They are a necessary safety net for people in our communities who for an array of reasons need help. But these shelters are almost always in need of the basic items. Many of the people have had to leave everything behind, or don’t have anything to begin with.
The Challenge is this:
Go drive past your nearest shelter for abused women/children or the homeless.
See if there is a sign, if not call. Ask what they need. Check online, they probably have a website and most have a list of what is needed at that particular time.
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
Next time you are at the store pick up a few of the items for the list. Take a picture of the items and then go drop them off at the shelter or drop off point.
 The Reward:
First you will need to add your picture to the Flickr group so you can upload a photo of your donations. If you don't have an account, they're free, you can email Cara the picture and she will put it up for you. You can also send Cara the picture to upload if you wish to be anonymous. Leave a comment on her post telling Cara you did, with your flickr id or the first part of your email address. 
Kate Spain is donating a jelly roll of Fandango!

Robert Kaufman fabrics is donating 2 fat quarter bundles!

C & T Publishing (Stash Books) is donating 2 books (ebooks if non-US winner)

Fat Quarter Shop is giving prizes!


Rachel Griffith of
p.s.i.quilt is donating some of her patterns!

Kelly from
I Have A Notion is donating 2 prizes!

Cara expects like last year she'll have more prizes soon!! 
For more information please visit Cara's Quilts.  Join in on this one - it's easy and I can promise you - you'll get the warm fuzzies when you donate!

PS - I will be back with the 366 Photo Challenge this week - I've been doing some volunteer work that has taken up a lot of time and I just haven't had the energy to explore for pictures.  I can tell you I've missed it!  See you soon :)

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