Saturday, February 6, 2010

Our Customers are the Greatest!

We just want to THANK all of our great customers!
We have collected 142 pillowcases for
American Patchwork and Quilting
1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.
The first 100 will go the George Mark Children's House. We can't begin to tell you how thrilled we are with the huge and generous hearts of all of you! These pillowcases will make the day of the children who receive them. We can't wait to deliver them in the coming weeks. I have to share that we have been approached by a mom who has used the George Mark House and she was just thrilled that we were supporting this cause. She said that they have created an environment that is wonderful. Her family felt so supported and comfortable when they needed some respite and it is an amazing place. We are glad to be able to donate to such a wonderful place.

You all have blown us away with your generosity and support! Janet R. rocks, with her 36 pillowcase donation. She said that she pulled from her stash and is now 36 yards down, she said it felt so good using up that fabric! Now she has room for more fabric in her stash. She had a ball seeing how many cases she could make and when she made 31 she decided she could make a few more. Whether you donate 1 pillowcase or 36 like Janet, just know that you are going to put a smile on the face of a child.

Now that we have reached our first goal in just about one months time it is time to announce the next organization we will support....This organization is near and dear to our hearts, they were the visionaries for Camp Arroyo where we host our Retreat Between Friends and the organization that hosts children's camps for special needs children each summer at Camp Arroyo. The Taylor Family Foundation, has been around for 20 years and this year will celebrate its 10th year of offering camps. From their website, "To put it simply, Camp Arroyo is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, where kids with special needs are free to just be kids. No conforming, no hiding, no being singled out as “different.” Camp Arroyo provides a safe, nurturing environment, filled with positive energy and support. It’s a place where kids are surrounded by children with similar conditions, and where individuality is not taboo, but celebrated." This organization offers campers the ability to come enjoy camp, free of charge. They have many fundraising programs including Coins for Campers which all of customers supported while the coin jar was in the shop. They also have an annual fundraiser "Day in the Park" which will occur on August 29,2010.

We have chosen to support this organization by donating 144 pillowcases to them. These cases will be given out during one of the camps that will occur during the summer. Each summer they host 2700 children with a wide range of special needs; children suffering from life threatening to chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, and at risk children. We hope you will help us reach our goal, they need the cases by the end of April...which we are certain our great customers will meet the need.

Thanks again to all of you! We are very fortunate to have you and your caring hearts speak volumes!

In Stitches,
Leslie, Melissa, and the In Between Stitches Girls

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