Have you visited any new websites that you'd like to introduce us to? Everyone likes to find new places to visit!
That's one of the questions posed by Deb of The Storybeader for the current EtsyBloggers blog carnival.
The sites that I am going to introduce are not really new -- but may be new to you.
Love Quilts is made up of a group of very talented, hard working and loving women who stitch and sew cross-stitch blocks into quilts for kids who have life-long or life-threatening illnesses.
As a stitcher, you can sign up for a certain child, or for "Charlotte's Kids" both of which have themes and deadlines. Or you can send in as many "any child" blocks as you'd like. These have basically any theme and no deadline! The stitchers are from all over the US and there are also Love Quilt groups in other countries.
It is very gratifying to stitch for Love Quilts. I've been involved for a long time - I think since 1999!
I do remember how I started.....I used to work in a Hallmark shop and a shopper was looking for cow greeting cards. I was helping her and we got to talking. She was getting the cards to send to a young girl with a terminal illness and who loved cows -- through a site called "Make a Child Smile." Anyway, Love Quilts was listed on that site and I knew I had found my place!
Which brings me to my second site to tell you about -- Make a Child Smile (MACS). You send encouraging cards (through snail mail because kids love to get mail!) to kids with life-threatening illnesses -- you can send one or as many as you like, and to however many children as you like. You can send little gifts if you choose, and they always post the names of any siblings so you can remember them too!
So even if you cannot cross-stitch, you can still bring happiness to a sick child through MACS! Both are such worthy organizations and bring smiles to so many kids. If you look around both the sites, you will see the stories of the kids -- some will definitely make you cry, but your heart will grow and your life will be touched.
From the MACS site:
When life's problems seem overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself far more blessed than you imagined.