We have just two weeks to go for the Safelight Project, and I am delighted to announce that the financial goal has been exceeded. Just yesterday in the mail, our donations rocketed past the goal! The project will be providing 62 bags for the shelter, with 60 of them designed for women and two for men.
I had hoped we would get to sixty, so I went ahead and ordered the canvas bags with three different handle colors for the women’s bags, 60 in all. I figured I would just make up the difference if needed, but now that won’t be necessary.
I saw these at Dollar Tree, and thought they were perfect for the bags, so I snapped up all they had. Luckily, that was 63 packs so we’d have enough.
I found a sport bag at Walmart, and got two of them. A visit to the dollar store yielded some men’s items that will make a nice gift in the event that a guy is forced to the shelter. Sadly, this does happen.
Many of the donations have come with lovely notes and heartfelt words. One in particular struck me as being so true, sent in by Pam Arbour with a really nice financial donation. She said “We will probably never know how much it has impacted the lives of those in need.” I know that the words sent by Laresa at Safelight mirror this sentiment, as she sees the surprise on the faces of the recipients, and the wonder that accompanies those looks in their words. They are mostly quite astonished that the gifts are for them, to support them, to encourage them. Encouragement is something most have not had.
Mary Ann Lyon sent the four pretty cases above, and I love that black fabric. Lee Gifford sent the five cases below.
Susan in Wisconsin got out her stamps and cardstock, creating four lovely cards with a nice inspirational quotation inside. She sent them with a nice donation too. Susan, I don’t have your email to let you know I got them, so I hope you see them here.
Susan Samuel sent a handmade card with embroidery, along with a case set.
Bonnie Coleman sent four case sets. I love how she did the accent stripe on the sunglasses case, so clever!
This incredible group of 10 case sets from Kristy Smith came with a generous donation of money too. She wrote in her note that her kids helped pick out the fabrics, and I was so moved that she is teaching her children that love and hope are the most important things. She is such a giver, sewing for Project Linus and the Rare Science Rare Bear program for children with rare diseases. Kristy, you are amazing!!
I’ve placed an online order for the goodies to go inside in bulk, so I can just pick up boxes at the local Dollar Tree. That shipment should arrive the last week of July. I hope that just a few more quilters and sewing artists are hard at work making cases, as we need 24 more case sets as of now. Here’s the pdf again – Omiyage for Safelight Stampers, I hope there are cards in progress, as I’d like to have at least 40 more cards so there are two in each bag. Please don’t forget to include your email address so I can let you know that your package arrived. I appreciate all your help!!
Please let me know in the comments if you are in progress on case sets or cards so I know what is on the way, and what I need to sew/stamp to make the goal. Do you have cases or cards in progress?