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I read a variety of blogs every day and saw this on Sew, Mama, Sew. What a great way to help people create!

What am I talking about? For all of you crafty people out there, think about what you would do without any craft supplies? What would you do without any fabric — and without a lot of resources to purchase new clothing items for your family? This is reality for many people in Iraq. (It’s not like there’s a Hancocks or Jo-Ann’s around the corner, you know.) The mothers (and crafters) of Iraq will benefit from you going through your stash and donating fabric, needles, thread, knitting supplies, buttons… or whatever!

Go to the website for Iraqi Bundles of Love and read more. When I find a good deal on fabric, I often buy a couple of yards. Then, after I use it for several projects, I get tired of it. It usually goes in the closet and I’ll pull it out later when it’s new to me again. Instead of taking up that closet space, I’m going to gather those random yards of fabric and send them on. My tiny apartment can’t handle all of the junk I’m accumulating! 🙂 So, this will be a great way to help an Iraqi family and make my hubby happy because the clutter is decreased.

Now I have to go dig through my button stash….

Tonight at church we had a Make It & Take It craft night. We all made fun beaded bookmarks, ate dinner, and then did a great craft. I was drooling over some of the items people were making! They had several to choose from. One of my friends taught everyone to make gift wrap bows from recycled magazines, scrapbook paper, or anything else. They were Uh-dorable. I’ve been promised a private lesson later.

I taught a craft, so I didn’t get to make anything. What did I teach? The good old standby fleece tie blankets, of course. We cut and tied a dozen blankets tonight, but we aren’t keeping them. We’re sending them to some kiddos in Northern Iraq. These special kids need heart surgeries, but can’t get them in their country. There aren’t any doctors who perform pediatric heart surgeries there. So, they have to go to another country. The great people at The Preemptive Love Coalition help make this possible. We sent blankets for the kids to have when they travel. Security blankets, I guess. Something special to help them through a rough time. I hope they’ll be blessed!

Check out the Preemptive Love Coalition site today. They have some ways that quilters can also get involved with what they’re doing. It’s a great site manned by wonderful people doing good things for precious kids. Love that.