Alrighty, the time to unveil the Top Secret Project has arrived! (I’m imagining my three readers gasping with anticipation.) But before I show you and talk about it, let me explain how it came to be.
For those reading this from outside Los Angeles or the Stitch & Bitch community, This is Evan.
He is a cute, adorable baby boy who was born with “Hypothalamic Hamartoma,” or HH. Evan’s Momma talks about it here on her blog.
Luckily for Evan, he was diagnosed very early and hence his chances of success are really good. But he has to have a very expensive surgery. His Momma and Papa have worked hard both with and against their insurance company to get Evan the surgery he needs. Unfortunately, despite what they will cover, Momma and Poppa are likely gonna have to cover some portion of the procedure as well as expenses (hotel, gas, etc.) while Evan is recuperating.
Joansy and I were chatting and talking about Evan’s surgery and the burden it was on my Momma and Poppa. We began talking about how we wished there was something we could do to help them out. We had already made Evan a quilt and although I know he and his parents love it, it doesn’t help them pay for his surgery.
Since neither Joan nor I is independently wealthy (or even dependently wealthy!) and neither of us is lucky enough to hit the lottery before then, so both of those options were out. Instead we began talking about how we could help raise the money Evan needs for his surgery.
A bake sale? Good idea and one that we may come back to. Although I’m not sure how to tap into the market of the internet with a bake sale. (If you have ideas, please leave them in my comments!)
A raffle? Well, in the little bit of info I found, raffles are only for the properly-licensed non-profit organization with lots of time to do a bunch of paperwork. Scratch that.
What we finally came up with (and we’re open to other ideas, just leave them in my comments) was to do something similar to what Yarn Harlot did for Knitters Without Borders. She had people email her after they’d made a donation to the organization. Those names were put into a pot, names were drawn, and prizes were awarded.
So here is our idea: Momma and Poppa already have a PayPal account set up to take donations (which you can access by going here and clicking on Evan’s Brain Surgery Fund). Click the link and make a donation to Evan’s Surgery Fund. Then send me an email with the date and amount of your donation (we’re going on honor here). For every $5 donation you make to Evan’s Brain Surgery Fund I’ll put your name into a drawing for a prize once. A $25 donation will get your 5 entries! (And the love, kharma, and warm tingling feelings that go with helping out a little guy and his family in need!)
Oh wait! I didn’t talk about the prizes. Well, we don’t have that many. But since Joansy and I are the Quilting Wonder Twins we made two quilts to give as prizes.
The first quilt, entitled More Hearts for Evan (the quilt we gave Evan was called “Loving Hearts for Evan”, is approximately 56” x 70” and is made from batiks that we collected from a block swap. The backing is not batik, but it’s still pretty!
The second quilt, entitled Even More Hearts for Evan, is approximately 49” x 63” and is also made from batiks from a block swap. The backing is not batik, but is still beautiful.
Both quilts were pieced, layered, quilted, and bound by Joansy and I during my 4 day stay with her in Canada. They both have heart-themed quilting patterns, although they are both different from each other.
So help little Evan get his surgery by making a donation to Evan’s Brain Surgery Fund. You could win a quilt that is covered in hearts and filled with love. More importantly though we’ll help Evan.
If you have a blog, perhaps you can either link to my site or create a blog entry about what Joansy and I are trying to do. The more people who know about it, the more people who may contribute to Evan’s surgery.
Edited to remove PayPal links and add button in sidebar that actually works! Unfortunately I can’t get the button to work. If there are any WordPress Wizards out there, HEP ME HEP ME! Until then, please go to Momma’s and Poppa’s blog to make donations.