Superstorm Sandy Red Cross Fundraiser


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As some of you know, I ended up "stranded" in Houston waiting to fly home from International Quilt Market. It was my first Quilt Market and I was so excited to go. I couldn't wait to talk to some of our tried and true vendors, open new accounts with fashion-forward companies like Michael Miller, and ogle the amazing booth designs. Such a wonderful source of inspiration and it's like being "in the future". But by Saturday afternoon people were huddled in the lobbies, on the phone with airlines trying to get home right then and there because of Superstorm Sandy. My flight had yet to be cancelled so I continued about my business. Looking at fabric, opening accounts, deciding what the shelves of gather here would look like in 2013.

By Sunday many people had hopped on planes home. But my flight was still on schedule. Until late that afternoon. I managed to re-route my flight to Manchester, New Hampshire to arrive on Monday. Only to have my flight cancelled again. And again. An inconvenience in the grand scheme of things. I clung to my phone and iPad for the next few days. On Monday morning, Noah and Carla went in and contacted everyone in our Monday night classes to reschedule. They updated our outgoing voicemail message. Hung up signs announcing we would close at 1. I updated the website and social media outlets with the news that we would be closing early. Then I got on the phone and waited. I wanted to be home. If Sandy was going to wallop the Northeast, I wanted to be there with my family. But I was safely stranded in Houston. Until Wednesday.

I obsessively followed twitter and Facebook over the next few days. Searching for updates. My friends and former students were evacuated from their homes in New York and New Jersey, many without power or transportation. Former colleagues were displaced. Some will be forced to relocate forever. What can any of us do in the face of such a disaster?

When Joplin, Missouri was hit by a devastating tornado we hosted an online fundraising raffle. We raised over $3500 for the Red Cross. We hope to do the same this time around. Actually, we hope to raise $4000 this time. The process is exactly the same. You make a donation, you are entered to win an awesome prize by awesome people. Like the button-collecting bird tote by Egg-a-go-go or the peep boot stocking by Lizzy House pictured below. We've put out a call to many of our vendors as well as the maker community to see if we can drum up awesome prizes to share with you. And of course we'll be donating product (like all the swag I brought home from Quilt Market!) and some of our best handmade goods. We'll be posting the prizes on Tuesday, November 6th after we've had a chance to collect photos and descriptions from our generous donors. (Don't worry, there will be many prizes and many opportunities to win something fabulous!)

How's this going to work?
For every $10 you donate to the Red Cross, you get a virtual raffle ticket. Donate $10 you get 1 ticket; donate $50 you get 5 chances to win a prize, $100 gets you 10 chances.

We're (Virginia & Noah) donating $100 to get this party started.

So go to the Red Cross Donate Funds page and make a donation. When you confirm your donation you'll receive a tracking code which is really important. It's not only in the confirmation page, it's also in the printable tax receipt which you can save as a pdf, AND it's in the emailed receipt that they'll automatically send you. If you donate via text message simply text: REDCROSS to 90999 to automatically donate $10. You'll receive a text message confirmation. Save that text, take a screen capture of it because you'll want to have that number handy when you win.

Finally, leave a comment on this post. Only one is necessary even if you are super generous and donate hundreds of dollars. You need to include the transaction code and donation amount in your comment.

  • Leave a comment - include your donation amount
  • Include your transaction code
  • Your email address so we can contact you should you win! If you comment via a Disqus account we can contact via that.

How we'll be tracking this raffle:
When you submit a comment we'll assign you a raffle ticket number. We'll create a tracking post on this here blog so everyone knows their raffle number and so we can all track the fundraising amounts. We'll update the page every evening until fundraising concludes on Thursday, November 22nd at midnight. That's over 2 weeks to make our fundraising goal!

Then like any good online raffle we'll have the random number generator select the winners on Friday, November 23rd right after Thanksgiving! Yay - winning! Announcements will be made on the blog and we'll contact you via email, too. IMPORTANT: Keep the confirmation email you receive from the Red Cross - you'll have to send that to us when we contact you. You can send it right away by forwarding it to:

Also, please, please, please help us spread the word about this raffle. Post it on your blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. The more people know, the more funds we will raise to assist with the Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts. We have badges that you can share on your blog! Thank you, Emily Chionchio, for designing these badges - SO perfect!


How to use these buttons:
If you are using a self-hosted Wordpress blog:
        1: Click "Appearance"
        2: Click "Widgets"
        3: Select the "Text" widget and drag it into your blog's sidebar
        4: Click on the arrow that is on the right side of the "Text" widget
        5: Copy and past the HTML code for badge into the "Text" widget
        6: Click on the "Save" button
If you are using Blogger:
        1: Click "Design"
        2: Click "Page Elements"
        3: Click "Add a Gadget"
        4: Click on "HTML/Javascript"
        5: Copy and past the HTML code for badge code
        6: Click on the "Save" button
        7: Place the element where you want it to display on your page by dragging it into position. When finished, click the "Save" button.

And as always, thank you so very much! I am amazed every day at the generosity and kindness of the maker community. The prizes that have been donated by members of the arts & crafts community in these difficult economic times makes me weep. The donations from all of you makes all the difference in a world that often seems so divided and for that I have hope for our future. Thanks you from the very bottom of my heart. xoVirginia

P.S. Prizes can be found OVER HERE!

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