Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BONUS CRAFTIVISM CHALLENGE

Have you heard of Harrisburg, IL?  It's a small town in downstate Illinois that was recently flattened by an EF4 tornado.  It's bad enough that these folks have lost pretty much everything, but they have been denied direct assistance from FEMA.  They can get low interest loans from the Small Business Administration, but no grants. You can read more about the situation in this story from The Huffington Post.

God really put a burden on my heart for these people.  I can't imagine what they must be going through.

And then I remembered a lady who collected sock monkeys for the children who are now homeless after the Texas wildfires.  And that Still Small Voice said "you could collect sock bunnies for them for Easter".  And you know what happens when those types of seeds get planted!

So I'm appealing to you today to make stuffed bunnies for the children of Harrisburg.  The goal is to collect 100 bunnies and have them to the church by Easter.  Princess gave me three bunnies this morning that she's crocheted, and Glove Bunny will be joining them in the journey south.  So that makes 4 down, 96 to go.  There are TONS of free patterns on the internet, and  I'll be posting some other ideas over the next several days to inspire you.

Feel free to give your bunny as much personality as your heart desires.  Keep in mind that there are both boys and girls, so if you feel your little bunny needs a bow tie instead of a dress, that's ok.  Also, please remember that buttons, etc. can be a choking hazzard for little ones 3 and under.  Only new, handmade bunnies will be accepted.  Place your bunny in a plastic bag to keep it clean and label it "Safe for Under Age 3" or "Ages 4+" so the folks will be able to distribute the bunnies to the age-appropriate child.

Ship your bunny directly to:
First Church of God
1520 Mchaney Road
Harrisburg, IL, USA 62946

Be sure to leave time for your generous gift to get there in time for Easter.

When you make and ship your bunny (bunnies), please leave a comment below and tell us.  Your story can inspire others!

Feel free to pass this on to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, church members

And thank you!


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1 comment:

Amy - while wearing heels said...

I am from Il and didn't even realize what this poor town went through. I commend you for using your blog to give back and do something for people that may need it. I am going to find the time to make a little bunny to send along as well. What a sweet idea.