Julie Stocker, 2014
January for Charity: The Logic
Behind the Project
1. I am storing too much fabric.
2. People need something with which to cover themselves.
3. I will make them quilts.
How simple is that? Deeper down, it's far more complex. You have to appreciate the Devil is always in the details.
1. Does the item work or fit the needs of the recipient?
2. Is it a cost effective use of my time? For instance, would it be cheaper for me to donate money for the same item to be purchased in the place my item is going? For one, it would infuse the economy there, perhaps funding a small start up company and supporting local families.
3. Is it cost effective for the organization to ship it? Do the shipping costs outweigh the cost of the item I'm sending?
I've been asking these questions and many more to people involved in what I'm doing, and others currently making charity items. They are hard to really know the truth about. We think that if we already have the fabric for the quilts, dresses, etc., and the time to make them, we are sending a quality item that may not be able to be replaced by a factory made blanket, clothing items, etc. Sometimes these items aren't available at all. But in all my analytical breakdowns, I completely failed to see another component in the big picture. My mom pointed this out to me:
We are sending hope when we
send something handmade.
We are one person making something
for another person.
We bring the human element into the picture. We have put our lives on hold to do something for someone else. We are hoping the recipient sees that we took time to make this one thing special for them. That we stitched the word love into it somewhere. That we took care to stitch it well. That we could have just thrown the thing together willy-nilly, but thought they might like something beautiful in their life while the rest of it was unsure. That we want them to have some of the same blessings we are grateful for in our own lives: warmth, security, and hope.
I believe we should surround ourselves with what is good, beautiful, and true. Charity sewing fits all three.
Do you know that if you only make one block a month for charity it will be enough to sash into a quilt by the end of the year? Isn't that an incredible idea?
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.