Isn't it amazing how scrapbooking brings people together and you have a heart for these people, even if you don't know them?!
I'll try to explain. I have a friend, Sheila, whom I've know since shortly after Sarah was born. It was a toy business that first put us together. At the time, I was not a scrapbooker, and I actually paid Sheila to scrapbook photos from 2 trips for me. As my interest in scrapbooking grew, I picked Sheila's brain and invested in tools, and got started. Sheila's scrapbooking direction changed and several years ago, she started an online store selling scrapbooking supplies. A couple years ago she opened a brick and mortar store. She still scrapbooks, and she hosts crops and classes, and every year for the last 3 years, she has very kindly and generously provided donations, both prizes and goodie bag items, for the fundraising crop I co-organize.
Imagine my deep sadness to read that Sheila and her husband and 2 kids lost their home on Labour Day weekend to a devastating fire. Christa and I talked it over and thought we'd offer our crop guests the opportunity to help Sheila and her family as they recover and rebuild. One immediate need is clothes and we shared the sizes they need in our welcome email to our guests. One guest, obviously shaken by the tragedy, inquired about donating a Visa gift card. Brilliant! That is accepted anywhere, and Sheila and Mike will have many shopping trips to make to get back to a new normal. A temporary normal, I guess. There was good news today, that Sheila and her family are moving into a rental condo near their old neighbourhood while they wait to for their home to be rebuilt. Getting out of hotel allows them to return to old routines and gets their daughters close to their friends again.
If you feel moved to give, feel free to drop by the crop at Woodside Bible Fellowship, with a clothing donation or gift card and Christa and I will make a road trip to deliver it.