Pam Nourse, our Patchwork Press editor wanted to share this request with us:
This message (printed below) just popped up on a Facebook quilting page that I follow. I thought I'd pass it along, and ask if the area reps could perhaps forward it to their chapters & floaters as well. I know we're all crazy-busy already with the holidays, but if a lot of people could make (or purchase) just one or two stockings, it would go a long way toward making the holidays a bit more cheery for kids who have just lost everything. I know quilters are some of the most giving people in the world, so I hope maybe some of us can help.
I also did a quick online search, and found a pattern for a stocking which looks VERY easy here: http://howtosew.com/blog/sewing-projects/easy-christmas-stocking
Here's the text of the Facebook post:
"Hey ya all. I am sure that you have heard about the Wildfires here in Gatlinburg and surrounding cities, Pigeon Forge being one of them.
There are loads of kids here who will have no Christmas unless we help.
I would like to ask you to make a Christmas Stocking and if you can afford it, to put a few little goodies in it and send it to me.
The organizations here have their hands full and I will in conjunction with the coordinators here, distribute these to kids mainly in the motels and temporary housing around here. If the stockings are empty, there is one group who will fill them and distribute them as well. We are not fussy, just need to get these kids something for Christmas.
Any amount you can afford to make and send would be a blessing to these kids.
The schools are asking for school supplies, hand sanitizer , crayons, markers, ink pens, pocket tissues, erasers, chap stick, pencil boxes, etc. But any thing that would suit a kindergarten on up to 8th grade. Please keep the gifts in the same age group should you be able to stuff the stocking and include a note if the items are for a certain age or gender.
Thanks and I hope this is OK to post here.
Be sure to enter a note with your name and address or your Facebook page so that we can send you a thank you."
Kitten Rice (The Old Time Quilt Bee)
1013 Mill Creek Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863