Project 14: Christmas in Dixie

There is no better time than the present to start thinking about cooler weather. With record setting temperatures all across the nation, many of us have taken to hibernating with curtains drawn behind the safety and security of our own homes. Many of us are gearing up for back-to-school, shopping for fall clothes, thinking about what we have, and what we need. There are families that need us. Families who lost everything to tornadoes this past fall. Neighborhoods were leveled, homes destroyed, lives were shattered.

Stay steadfast my friends, cooler weather is right around the corner and we have already collected blankets for the survivors of the tornado ravaged areas. Now we are going to bring Christmas cheer to those who need a little more love. For Project 14 :: Christmas in Dixie we have partnered with Christmas in Dixie for Tornado Survivors to provide handmade stockings for the 12,000 families that lost everything to the tornadoes. Yes, 12,000 families that will not be pulling the Christmas ornaments and decorations out of their attic. 12,000 families that have to build their lives again. We know we cannot do everything, but we can do little things. And these little things make a BIG difference.

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In addition to having nothing, these families will face new needs that this season will bring, such as winter clothing, funds for heating, and gifts for their family members or in addition to the everyday needs they now face. There are groups helping supply toys for tots, churches help with clothing and food, even the Government will help somewhat. But no one will be concerned with these items that help form the traditions, and memories that we all remember as we grow up. We can only imagine how worry will begin to creep into the back of many moms’ minds, realizing Christmas is just around the corner and once again they will be reminded of those items that mean so much, like ornaments handmade through the years, pictures with Santa, and their own personal stocking being lost and gone for ever.

Their plan is to distribute a storage box filled with ornaments, lights, and stockings the first weekend in November to each family. This is where we Craft Hope comes in with the stockings. We are asking you to make handmade stockings to help Christmas in Dixie fulfill their dreams of holiday boxes for the families.

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Stocking requirements:

  • handmade
  • loop on the top to hang the stocking
  • a blank space to be able to monogram a name (if possible)
  • a standard stocking size
  • can be sewn/knitted/crocheted

The possibilities are endless as to the creations you can come up with. The most basic way to create a stocking is to trace an old stocking onto fabric, cut it out, and sew it together. We will be posting stocking patterns on the Craft Hope site soon.

The deadline for Project 14 :: Christmas in Dixie is September 23rd, 2011. Please arrange to have your stockings delivered by this date so that they can get them sorted and repackaged to deliver to families in November.

Please mail your handmade stockings to:

Christmas in Dixie for Tornado Survivors Project
c/o Brenda Belcher
1581 Balmoral Drive
Hoover, Alabama 35244

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Spread hope.