Somehow, in my middle-aged, menopausal fog, I thought I had already made this post. I edited the pictures and uploaded them, some time ago. I want to be sure you see what an amazing event Crop for a Cause actually is, let you in on the fun and help you plan for next year. Plus, you still have two weeks to participate in the Quilt Giveaway that will take entries until midnight on June 1, 2010. For every donation of $5 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation that you make, you will receive one entry in the drawing for this beautiful, handmade quilt. It was donated to Crop for a Cause to help with the fundraising.
I’ll give you all the info a little later in the post to get your entries in for a chance at the quilt, but first I have to tell you all about our day at the Crop for a Cause. I got to travel to Elkhorn with my sister, Debi, and we had no idea what to expect. We love Becca (my cousin who organized the whole event), we both want to be more involved with diabetes research, and neither one of us are going to turn down a chance for a “day off” together; so even though we didn’t know what a “crop” was or what we would do, we were definitely up for a roadtrip and a chance to visit with family we don’t get to see often enough. What a great surprise it turned out to be! I’ll bet all of you scrapbookers already knew what a “crop” is, but it was all new to us and loads of fun! I don’t think either one of us is going to become an avid scrapbooker, but we definitely had a blast and will look forward to making this an annual event. Plus, we saw and experienced so many different types of crafting, we will definitely know how to come prepared next year.
There were people scrapbooking of course, but there were also seamstresses there with their sewing machines, piecing quilts,there were stampers and knitters and crocheters. Someone had their Cricut set up and their were so many different creative things going on, it was very inspiring. We were inspired, delighted and embarrassed. We hadn’t brought anything to work on. No worries! As we arrived, we were greeted by Becca and ushered over to the “family” table where we sat with family members we hadn’t seen in such a long time and members of Becca’s family by marriage that we had never met. What a treat! Now, they’re “our family”, too! And what good fortune! Brooke had seven fleece blankets to tie off for a children’s charity project she was working on. She happily shared and we had meaningful work to keep our hands busy (If you knew Debi and I, you would know how critically important that is. We don’t sit still well.), plus conversations that kept us in smiles and laughter all day long.
Donations for the garage sale (a scrapbooker’s dream bargain bonanza!), the silent auction and giveaways, even our meals (yup! They fed us lunch AND supper.) were contributed by generous people and businesses from all around. I was overwhelmed at the dollar value of what was given and the wonderfully giving hearts of those who helped.
I have to tell you that at the end of the evening, as the auction was coming to a close, I sat back, so tickled to just observe those final minutes. The “casual” strolling that ensued as ladies watched the items that they had placed silent bids on was wonderful entertainment! I don’t have much experience with silent auctions, so I didn’t have the sense to check and see if I had been outbid in the final seconds. This was not the case with the Crop for a Cause veterans, however. They circled, they exchanged pleasantries and they pounced when necessary to get those wonderful items. It was a delight to see the enthusiasm and the generous spirits that contributed so much to the cause.
I’ve forgotten to ask how much this event raised for Juvenile Diabetes Research, but I believe I heard Becca say it was the best year ever! And the most important thing you should know about that is that EVERY penny raised goes to JDRF! Nothing is taken out for “administrative fees or expenses”. Becca and many others donate their time and resources so this event can contribute the largest possible amount to Juvenile Diabetes Research.
If it hasn’t touched your family or your circle of friends, yet, statistically you can expect that at some point diabetes will. According to the National Diabetes Association, nearly 17.9 million people in the United States alone are diagnosed diabetics. Many more (5.7 million) are undiagnosed and the largest group of all, (57 million), merely insulin-resistant (pre-diabetic). Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2007 and as if the disease alone were not enough, it can cause other health complications and risks. The world needs a cure. You need a cure. Our family needs a cure. There are some great ways to get educated and to get involved. Check out some of these websites:
B*Cause I Need a Cure (My cousin, Becca’s website.)
and the easiest way to make a difference right now, (You thought I forgot, didn’t you.)
For every $5 donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
you will receive one entry in a drawing to win this beautiful quilt.
Make checks payable to : Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
and mail them to:Crop for a Cause Quilt Giveaway 1704 N 212th St Elkhorn, NE 68022
To be eligible for the drawing, donation checks must be received by midnight, June 1, 2010. A random drawing will be held and video-taped the first week in June. The winner will be notified and you can watch the website to see the lucky winner!
And this, in the final moments of the event, is our family — gathering for a quick group shot and creating a great memory. That’s Becca, the organizer extraordinaire, stretched out in front.