Last week Aji wrote a heartfelt and compelling diary on behalf of two of our most beloved community members, Sara R and winglion (Ann), who are the creators of the Community Quilt project on Daily Kos. That diary did its job; the original quilt sisters have survived their immediate financial crisis.
The quilts that Sara and Ann have made for almost 100 members of the community cannot fairly be called life-saving. We have indeed lost several of the quilt brothers and sisters, and as the number of quilt recipients continues to increase, this number will also grow.
But I think the quilts can accurately be labeled “life-giving” and "life-affirming" all the same. They serve as a concrete symbol to every recipient—and, for that matter, to every contributor of a message—of our connectedness and our support for each other. When one is seriously ill, at least in my experience, it is hard to remember a time of comparative health; for many of us in the middle of a health crisis it is also very difficult not to feel alone and friendless. It’s as though one forgets during a long stretch of cold rainy weather that the sun ever shone and that it will ever do so again. The quilt is something to cling to, quite literally, when one’s own faith in the existence of blue skies and sunshine, or in the presence and support of friends, may be deeply shaken.
In addition to the Community Quilts they’ve made on behalf of the ill and suffering among us, Sara and Ann have made—absorbing all the costs—several beautiful quilts for fundraising efforts. I’m the lucky and proud owner of one of them, the signature quilt from NN12 that was the subject of a drawing on behalf of Darcy Burner. It fills one wall of my living room, a wonderful symbol of my political activism and that of the hundreds of people whose signatures populate its squares.
A Sara and Ann creation commissioned by Kos adorns one of the walls of the office at Daily Kos, with messages supplied from many devoted Kossacks carrying good wishes for the continued success of the site and its participants.
Can we get pledges for 95 more shares tonight?
You can make your pledge in two ways. One is to announce your commitment in the comment thread below. If you’d prefer to be anonymous, the second option would be to tell Sara via Kosmail. Payment can be made via PayPal or by a personal check; Sara will be glad to supply their home address upon request.
To make a gift donation, use this PayPal address: rainwoman [at] mac [dot] com
I know that the quilt recipients ourselves are not all in a position to be able to commit even to one share. But I think it’s evident that we who have not—yet—received a quilt also benefit from the existence of this project. You’ve heard this statement many times, I’m sure: I came for the politics, but I stayed for the community. The work that Sara and Ann do represents the finest aspects of this community. Please pledge on their behalf if you can.
(If you cannot commit to a pledge, but still want to help, one-time contributions are still very welcome and needed. Or, if you want to buy or contribute to some of their products, please see these guidelines in the box below. Commissions for quilts are also gladly received; send Sara a Kosmail to initiate the process.)
To donate toward a specific quilt, or to buy an item, use this PayPal address: hairbraider33 [at] yahoo [dot] com.Thank you all VERY much for whatever you can do on Sara and Ann's behalf.
To order Pootie Pads--about which Sara has just posted a diary:
We have two sizes -- Original (23" x 17") and Petite (13.5" x 9"). Here are links for ordering. Below the fold [of this diary], you'll see fabric choices. Specify a fabric in the PayPal note to merchant section if you have a preference -- if you don't have a preference, we'll be happy to choose for you.
Original size Pootie Pad -- $35 + $5.60 shipping
One Petite Pootie Pad -- $18 + $5.60 shipping
Two Petite Pootie Pads -- $35 + $5.60 shipping
UPDATE: As of 12:49 AM EDT, we have pledges totaling $295.00!!! Isn't that wonderful? We are more than halfway toward our goal. Thank you many times over to all of you who have pledged, made one-time contributions, ordered products, and/or helped to spread the word through recs, tips, FB likes and tweets.