Saturday, December 3, 2016

This the Season for Giving

The is the time of year for showing gratitude for the blessings in our life.

I am grateful for my children, all seven of them and their spouses.
I am grateful for the 23 grandkids they have given me.
I am grateful that my husband is my best friend.
I am grateful for the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope that brings to so many people.
I am grateful for the bounty of this earth that I get to enjoy.
I am grateful for my many friends.
I am grateful to be employed.
I am grateful for challenges and growth opportunities.
I am grateful for my mother and glad that she is being well taken care of.
I am grateful for my siblings who are taking care of our mother.

I have many more things I am grateful for but I am only going to list the 10. Take a few moments and think about what you have and show gratitude by giving of your time and talents. This is the time of  year to help others, to give back for all that we have, and to enjoy the season.
I hope that all of you have a happy and peaceful Christmas Season.

PS. I am going to giveaway a Christmas 1 yard bundle (of your choice) from Riley Blake. Just leave me a comment of what do you do to give back at this time of year. What service do you perform for others? If you haven't done a service think about something you could do with with 5 yards of Christmas fabric for someone else and let me know? I will choose a winner next weekend December the 11th. Happy Saturday to you. Here is a link to a list of giveaways sponsored by sew mama sew.
http://sewmamasew.com/
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80 comments:

  1. This year I'm not giving to many gifts that can be wrapped but I'm giving a lot of my time to my mom who is currently in hospice care at home. And to Mr.Podunk who just had surgery on his foot to remove bones spurs. Between the both of them I'm givin'er all I got.

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  2. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU! GIVING is something we do all year long through our Church and Samaritan's Purse.I,also, love to do Baby Charity Quilts+make about two dozen a year>love making them for the little ones! I sure know what I'd do with "5 yards of fabric"! Thank You. msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  3. It is always good to remember what we are grateful for. I try to give back all year round, not just at Christmas. I make Quilts of Valor, and with my quilt guilds, we make walker bags for veterans homes, quilts for a boys home, preemie quilts, and lots of other things. I don't need any more Christmas fabric, though. Someone else will love it.

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  4. Each year I make hats, scarves and mitten sets from fleece that go to Ruth's Pantry. The pantry is run by our church and we serve approximately 157 people a week. They get enough food to cover most of the week and we also have clothing that they can take for free. I try each year to make enough so everyone gets one.

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  5. About nine months ago I began a quilt ministry at our church. We have a total of five dedicated ladies who come out every week to learn quilting. We will have given out sixteen comfort quilts by year's end and have more in the planning stages. We also completed 10 bags to hold school supplies for children in third-world countries plus another 8 for our own church's "quiet time" books and drawing supplies the little ones can use during Sunday services.

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  6. My sister's friend in Tennessee lost everything to the horrific fires that spread through Gatlinburg this past week. So I'm working on making 3 quilts for the family, hoping it will help them just a little to cope with what the future brings them.

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  7. Our quilt guild has a charity group that makes quilts for the EMT in the county and I help with that. I also volunteer at the local hospital in various ways.

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  8. We collect travel size soaps and toiletry items all year and make baskets for the homeless shelters.

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  9. My daughter (age 7) and I sew pillowcases every year and donate them to the pediatric unit at the local hospital.

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  10. I have several ufo's that I would like to finish and give to the children's hospital. But I think giving should something we do all year, not just during the holidays. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  11. I participate in the local food drive every year. I love your "grateful" list. I need to make one of my own. Thanks for the chance to win!
    sarah123quilt [at] gmail {DOT} com

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  12. My mom crochets doll dresses to donate to TLC toys and I include a small doll blanket.

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  13. I sponsor 4 families for Christmas with groceries and gifts. 24 years ago, an anonymous angel did the same for me when I had 2 young children and had lost my job- and this is my way of paying it forward.

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  14. There are several places in my area that give to the needy. One place is a church that gives baskets filled with items to new mothers. Since I like to sew for babies, this is the one I like to help out.

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  15. I'm desperately trying to finish off some kennel quilts for a local shelter in between all the holiday madness I have two rescue dogs and wish I could take them all home

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  16. Our family adopted a local family that'a had a rough time lately. We're almost done shopping for their gifts and then we drop them off with a meal. It's a great program and we really enjoy participating in it. Thanks for your generous giveaway and I hope you have a very happy holiday season!

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  17. I make quilt tops year round for Lutheran World Relief. I "adopt" a child from an inner city church to but gifts for.
    Ohioholman@aol.com

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  18. I usually give away my quilts all year long. Then if I'm feeling pressured, I take a break during a holiday! It's been two years since I've made quilts to give just for Christmas, but it's always great fun!

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  19. I donate for Toys for Tots during Christmas. (i sew too slow to give out many quilts)

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  20. We donate to our local Hospice organization and donate to our local food pantry. thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. I volunteer to organize an adopted family with my work group! I would love to make a quilt of valor w/ 5 yrs of fabric for a veteran! thank you!

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  22. I volunteer at my church working with the children. I am also fortunate to be in a quilt guild that does a lot of quilting & sewing for charities. We just made pillowcases for inner city children. I can't wait to see them opening them up next week.

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  23. I help by giving a little extra to charities! Awesome giveaway! The Christmas fabric will make great gift bags for presents!

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  24. Our community has an Angel Tree and we buy gifts for a local domestic violence shelter.

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  25. I made placemats for Meals on Wheels.

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  26. I also have many Blessings in my life. I've donated to Toys For Tots and our local food bank.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Happy Holidays!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I am assembling string quilts that will go to families who lose someone in the hospital.

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  28. Giving to others doesn't have to be about material things. Just giving your time to talk to someone can make a big difference to their lives

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  29. For years I've organized our church and homeschool groups to volunteer at Samaritan's Purse Warehouse where they inspect and ship out the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes. It's something near and dear to my heart.

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  30. I help the new moms in our community...so rewarding

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  31. I'm blessed to be part of a church that is very service oriented and active in the community. We do a drive for local families and an angel tree for those in our congregation that are struggling at Christmastime. I wasn't able to organize it this year but in the past I've also done a donation drive for Operation Christmas Child and sent boxes to kids in Africa. I love this time of year and how people start to think more about the good things in their lives and how to be kinder and more caring with the people around them. Thanks for the chance to win but thank you more for sharing your gratitude and helping spread the Christmas spirit!

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  32. I volunteer to help 50 kitties eat and stay clean on Fridays with my daughter. If I had 5 yds of fabric I would donate a quilt to those suffering with cancer. My sister passed 6 years ago at 29, and she received a beautiful quilt. It's one of the reasons why I started learning! Thanks for the chance to win! Ksmith8@emich.edu

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  33. Our church does a community meal once a week an I am the kitchen coordinator so I plan the menu, buy the food, help cook it, etc. At Christmas I give to our local thrift stores Christmas giveaway, scarves and tote bags I've sewn so the parents have something for themselves too.
    ramonamurray1959atgmaildotcom

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  34. I host people for Christmas day that have no other family or place to go. I also help my children make cards for the retirees in our community. sarah@forrussia.org

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  35. I make baby quilts and quilts for senior citizens in conjunction with my local guild. I also make quilt tops for the quilts of valor foundation.

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  36. My husband and I have given to the giving tree at our church, as well as purchased some things for the daughter of one of his friends going through a hard time at the moment.
    jacklynnsteven@netzero.com

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  37. Our family enjoys filling shoeboxes with gifts for children who are in crisis situations or are in need, either domestically or abroad. With the refugee crisis now, I imagine some of those will go to children who have lost their homes and everything. This has been such a blessing for us and our kids.
    3dears (at) gmail (dot) com

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  38. Last year my husband and I won a TV in a giveaway at our local hardware store. We decided to donate it to the local Project Santa. They were able to sell the TV and use the money to buy presents for a last minute family.
    This year we're going to purchase items for a couple of the kids on the Project Santa tree.

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  39. I just make quilts for my friends and family. I also made a nice flannel snuggly quilt for my neighbor. I am always helping my mom going wherever she needs go grocery shopping or just getting out and about. She doesn't drive anymore so I try to be there for her. Thank you for being a part of the SMS Giveaway and giving me this opportunity to win your Riley Blake Xmas bundle of fabric. That is a very nice and thoughtful giveaway. Wishing you Happy Holidays.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  40. I make pillowcases and lap quilts for the women's shelter.

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  41. I am grateful for your thoughtful and generous question and giveaway. We donate both food and toys for several local charities. This year, I've also made two quilts for family members undergoing cancer challenges. I love knowing they are cozying up under a gift of love as they navigate through their treatments.

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  42. We are involved with Operation Christmas Child, packing boxes for children around the world. Also this is the 2nd year that our church is raising funds for Voice of the Martyrs care packs for our brothers and sisters in areas of the world where they are facing persecution. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. I donate to a group of quilters (who aren't beginners like me!)so that they can make quilts for people who are in need. Also donate to Toys for Tots.

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  44. My MIL is in a nursing home and when we visit we take chocolates for everyone!!

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  45. Giving is something my Husband and I try and do year round. The one thing that I am proudest of is that I am a member of our Project Linus community Guild. There are only about 12 to 15 of us, but together every month we usually make up to 75 to 100 quilts to give to the children up to age 18 who are in bad situations that need to know that they are loved and need to feel that warmth wrap around them also during a very hard time. I also try and make at least one lap quilt a month for an elderly person who has lost their spouse in the past year. They also need to know they have someone who is thinking about them and loving them. So that is what I would be doing with the fabric if I were to win. Thank you for the opportunity and have a fantastic creative day!

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  46. I would love to make a Christmas gift for a relative in the nursing home.

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  47. Other than pillows for my husband, the only quilts I have finished in the last four years have been for different charities! Quilts for Kids and a local sewing group that picks local places to support. One of our neighbors now is newly in assisted living so I would make a nice quilt for her with the fabric. Thanks for the chance and sharing.

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  48. Your gratitude list is a lovely reminder to be grateful, not just at this time of year. Both my church and my place of employment sponsor Christmas families so I donate to those, and I cook for the free community meal given at our church monthly. Many thanks for sharing with us!
    emyerly(at)outlook(dot)com

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  49. I love your list of thankfulness! I have been making a point with my children to really have a grateful heart in all circumstances. We do a few things this time of year- Christmas food boxes for those in need, Operation Christmas Child boxes, gifts for an orphanage in Bolivia, & we will be singing at a nursing home next week. I appreciate that more people are open to sharing around this time of year, but I do want to live my life in such a way that the overflow to others is frequent & not just seasonal.

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  50. I love making quilts for older relatives and toys for all the babies in my life at this time of year 😊

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  51. I put money in the Salvation Army pots and knit hats and scarves for the kids in the Children's homes.

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  52. I've donated 30 cans of food to the local food bank.
    mandiprout80 @gmail .com

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  53. I'm doing a number of things for the needy of my town. I helped put together baskets for needy moms/dads so they get something for themselves for Christmas. I'm making a quilt and putting together a basket of items for a baby who'll be born soon to a needy mom. I'm helping get the baskets to where they need to be and helping schlep and organize in another program that gets presents to the needy kids in town, kind of a "toys for tots" but local. I'm also hoping to get some warm blankets done from heavy fleece, but that might not get done in time for Christmas. That might be a January delivery!!

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  54. I'm helping with my kids school fundraiser!
    seramiabelle(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I just finished shopping for the adopt-a-family gifts for the families my work adopts during the holidays!!

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  56. I make lap, wheelchair, and fidget quilts for patients at a local assisted living. I also adopt a child who want s bike each Christmas.

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  57. My family, my parents and my brother's family all chip in money to buy clothes for a local charity that helps families in need. Mom and I print out their needs list and hit our favorite thrift stores - which is where we buy nearly all of our clothes - to buy as much as we can. We make sure zippers work and there are no stains and rips, etc., so everything is good to go for the families who will need them.

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  58. We organize Christmas hampers for families in need, donate socks to the local homeless shelter and fill stockings for the local women's shelter.

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  59. I have been making quilts and pillow cases for a homeless shelter. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  60. I work with my girl scout troop. We donated Thanksgiving food and also toys to the local Buckner campus. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. Both guilds I belong to have charity quilt drives. I've been giving lap quilts for several years. Also, I've done one for Quilts of Valor.

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  62. I shop for children in need with my girls at Christmastime. I would love to sew some little girl dresses to donate!

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  63. We go to Feed My Starving Children to pack meals for hungry children around the world.

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  64. We adopted a Christmas family at church that I helped to organize the collection for, shopped, wrapped and delivered the gifts to the school! Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous fabric and Merry Christmas!!

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  65. I just finished my 24th quilt to donate for the year. I am very happy I am retired and can do this. In Jan we will sew pillowcases for the Children's Hospital. Last year we made 255, hopefully we will be able to sew that many this year. I am blessed.

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  66. I really like to make charity quilts to give back as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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  67. I do a lot of charity work with our girl scout troop this time of year. Our girls love to help people and it brings me so much joy to see 10 year old girls excited about helping others!

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  68. Every year at work we adopt a family or two. Shopping for presents and wrapping gifts to deliver is a fun way to give to those in need.

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  69. Giving is part of our life - instilled by my parents. We participate in the angel tree at church, the school supply drive each year, I sew for Little dresses for Africa and the Sew powerful project. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  70. I like to make soup for widows and widowers. Delivering it is fun.

    Sunnysky223 at embarqmail dot com

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  71. We did Samaritan's Purse through our church.

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  72. I volunteer in my village for events and also help the quilter's in my group make quilts for charity and deliver them.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  73. My family usually invites another family over for a nice Christmas meal and my kids have fun shopping for gifts for the other family's kids.

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  74. Making & giving lap blankets to seniors is a great way to use up your fabric. They especially like Christmas blankets.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  75. Hi Jeanette, It's wonderful to meet you via blog and thank you for partaking in SMS Giveaway Day. Using 1 yrd of cotton prints or solids, i stitch boxer shorts for homeless persons and donate to a local veteran agency. With orphan quilt blocks and scraps I make kennel quilts for animal shelters and donate monthly to a multiple pet rescue organizaitons. Donate my time volunteering a local Veterans Affairs medical center, sewing or just listening. Thank you for all you do.

    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. Besides dropping the change from the bottom of my purse into the red bucket, I have gone to the salvation army and helped count the money(and separate the change) from the red buckets. (I'm a bank teller,our entire branch volunteers. I find it so rewarding.
    Also I have to add that I think this is the best task to earn such an amazing prize

    mightymadgescloset at Gmail dot com

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  77. I've made a stocking for a little girl through a charity event at my sister's church. With 5 yards of Christmas Fabric I could make a charity quilt or two or three, depending on the size. Thank you for the opportunity to win!
    ljbisme at msn dot com

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  78. Wow- you have lots of grandchildren. I have one and one on the way. They are a wonderful reward in life. We have helped with several local charities. Our quilting group at church could use five yards of fabric- easy.

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  79. I sew quilts for our guilds charities.

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  80. I do quilts for Project Linus throughout the year. At holiday time, I usually do a gift tree for a child in need in my area, one for me and one for part of my mom's gift.

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