The Christmas Stockings and Ornaments from the first phase of our Texas Fire Relief Effort have been shipped and are due to arrive in Texas on this coming Tuesday. Lyn and her committee from the Lone Pine Quilters in Bastrop have secured a distribution site for Saturday, December 3, 2011. The local newspaper ran a nice article about the distribution, flyers have been put around town and word of mouth is spreading the news that help is on the way. The list of those contacting Lyn for help in the way of stockings, ornaments, kits and Christmas decorations is beginning to grow.
Here is a breakdown of what was sent in the boxes for Phase I:
104 Christmas Stockings - small gift card size to full traditional size.
282 Tree Ornaments that were received from all over the world.
Some were from family collections of antique glass ornaments.
Some were done in ethnic techniques like huckweaving.
Many were sent in sets of multiiples like these smocked fans. Others were in silk ribbon and even iron on applique. Many were done in machine embroidery.
There were store bought ornaments of all types- ceramic, wood, and even feathers.
The majority of those received were handcrafted and/or hand stitched ornaments. There were a wide variety of techniques represented - feltwork, beading, cross stitch, needlepoint, quilting and plastic canvas, to name a few.
Many tatted, crocheted and knitted ornaments also were included in the donations.
Other Christmas related items were received and sent in the shipment to Bastrop. They include:
-- 7 Holiday Decor Items for around the house and even tinsel for some trees
-- 18 Christmas Pattern Sheets for cross stitch and candlewicking
-- 84 Complete Cross Stitch Ornament Kits
-- Crazy Quilt Ornament Kits: 7
-- 1 Needlepoint kit of a Jewish Menorrah Applique Kit
-- 1 T-shirt Iron On Kit
-- There were several cuts of red and green 14 ct. Aida cloth
-- Multiple packages of Plastic Beads for stringing garland
-- 2 Already Beaded Garlands
-- A wide variety of Christmas Cotton Fabric pieces - from scrap size to yardage.
-- 40+ Christmas Pattern Books & Magazines for cross stitch, candlewicking, crochet, knitting and needlepoint
There were also some one-of-a-kind specialty items that were donated. The committee has decided to use these for special drawings throughout the distribution day. They include:
A Beautiful Cross Stitched Hostess Apron
A Blackwork Wall Hanging of the Three Wisemen
And several of the Beaded Ornaments will be included in the drawings.
If I left an item off the list, it is not for want of trying to remember, lol. I have been told that there are more packages on their way and if they get here in time I will ship them overnight to Texas. If they arrive late, I will include them in what is taken down in February, for it is never too early to begin planning for next Christmas.
I want to thank everyone who sent items for Phase I. There really aren't words to tell you how special everything really was. Lyn has promised to take pictures on the day of distribution. I will post again right after the distribution to let you know how it went.