I spent nearly all day Friday making Christmas stockings. Yep, in August. Nope, I don't usually work that far in advance. This is something very special. My friend Lori Ragland sent me a link to Craft Hope, an organization that spreads kindness through donated handmade items.
Their current project, Christmas in Dixie, will deliver holiday decorations to 12,000 families who lost everything during the spring tornadoes and floods. Volunteers from all over are stitching up cheerful stockings; others who don't sew are sending donations to buy lights and ornaments to be packaged with them.
These truly are useful remnants, and what fun I had pulling fabrics and trims from my stash to design them! My Christmas spirit has arrived early, and I'm glad that these gifts will bring smiles and happiness to those families who've had a difficult year. I have a few more to create, then I'll ship them off to Hoover, Alabama later this week.
If you'd like to help, the deadline to send stockings is September 23, 2011. Click on the icons for more information at the Craft Hope website and Christmas in Dixie's Facebook page.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt